INTRODUCTION

IAAC’s Master in City & Technology is a unique programme which is oriented towards redefining the practice of urban planning & design through data science, computational design, and citizen design science.

Taking place in Barcelona, the capital of urbanism, the Master in City & Technology is training change makers that city administrations, governments, industries, and communities need, in order to develop projects for the transformation of the urban environment in the era of big data.

The Master in City & Technology prepares the new professionals and urban technologists for the creation of applied visions and urban design solutions responding to the current environmental, economic and social challenges. Using real case studies and in collaboration with the industry, city administrations and the European Commission, the programme works on cities through the creation of responsive, decentralized, productive, digital and hyper-connected systems.

Master in City & Technology (1-year Program)
Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project (2-year Program)
Degree Master in City & Technology accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Master in City & Technology accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
Edition 6th edition 3rd edition
Credits 75 ECTS 120 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2020 to June 2021 // Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning 18 Months – From October 2020 to June 2022 // Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning
Language English English
Tuition Fee Non-EU: 18.750€
EU: 15.000€
Non-EU: 30.400€
EU: 24.350€
Admission Architects, Urbanists, Designers, Computer Scientists, Engineers, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs. Architects, Urbanists, Designers, Computer Scientists, Engineers, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs.

Master in City & Technology Projects

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE

The Master in City & Technology’s academic structure is based on IAAC’s innovative, learn-by-doing and design-through-research methodology which focuses on the development of interdisciplinary skills. During the Master in City & Technology students will have the opportunity to be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers, and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialize their project ideas. In this way, IAAC has put together an experimental learning environment which equips professionals with both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to face the increasing complexity of the contemporary urban environment and to define the future of urbanism.

Master in City & Technology (1-year Program)

The Master in City and Technology comprises the following elements:

  1. Design Studio – ST (Studios, all terms)
  2. Theory Seminars – TS (Seminars and Master Classes, All Terms)
  3. Strategic Planning – SP (Seminars, All Terms)
  4. Technology – TE (Seminars, All Terms)
  5. Urban Design – UD (Seminars and Workshops, All Terms)
  6. Lecture Series – LS (All Terms)

DESIGN STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The First Term (Internet of Cities) focuses on the development of strategies, analytics, and planning proposals for urban regeneration, new urban metabolisms, future mobility, and public space transformation. It is structured by a Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars. Students will be introduced to principles of strategic planning, urban design, and theory of cities, as well as new tools for coding, cartography, urban analytics, and computational design.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Cities – New Urban Metabolisms (9 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data I (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Computational Design I (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Google Urbanism (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Future Mobility (3 ECTS)
  • TS – Digital City (2 ECTS)

NOTE: Design Studio and Seminars of Term 1 are obligatory.

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The Second Term (Internet of People) is structured by one Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars. Students will continue developing technical skills in data analytics and computational design, as well as being introduced to urban ecological design and novel processes for citizen participation in the development of sustainable, open and user-driven urban environments.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of People – Human-Centered Dynamic Design (9 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data II (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Computational Design II (3 ECTS)
  • SP – The Role of Citizens in the City (3 ECTS)
  • UDUrban Ecology (3 ECTS)
  • TS – New Urban Economies (3 ECTS)

NOTE: Design Studio and Seminars of Term 2 are obligatory.

DESIGN STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The Third Term (Internet of Buildings) is focused on the design and development of hyperconnected building typologies for new urban infrastructure, including new resource-management tools such as the Blockchain. It is structured by a Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars. Students will continue developing technical skills in data analytics, urban simulations, and computational design, as well as being introduced to new projects for the design of intelligent buildings, the infrastructure of services, user interaction and technologies of information.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Buildings (9 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data III (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Computational Design III (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Urban Sensing (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS)
  • TS – Blockchain 4 Cities (3 ECTS)

NOTE: Design Studio and Seminars of Term 3 are obligatory.

Throughout all three terms, the Master in City & Technology students will attend transversal theoretical courses, which aim to bring them in direct contact with the front running professionals of this multidisciplinary field. Through masterclasses and lectures, they will be presented the challenges and learnings of professionally engaging with real case applications. All classes throughout all the terms are mandatory.

  • TS – Theory of Cities (2 ECTS)
  • IAAC Lecture Series (2 ECTS)

Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project (2-year Program)


Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project – FIRST YEAR

The first year of the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is the same for both programmes and has a structure of 3 terms of 3 months each.

The main difference between the Master in City & Technology and the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is the duration and the ECTS that each one offers:
The Master in City & Technology is a 9-month programme and offers 75 ECTS while the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project is an 18-month programme which offers 120 ECTS credits.
The Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project differs from the Master in City & Technology in the second year.

Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project – SECOND YEAR

During the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project, students have the unique opportunity to work for an additional time of 9 months on an Individual Thesis Project, focused on the development of one research or pilot project based on the student’s interest. IAAC supports the student in selecting their Thesis Project topic in order to better orient them according to their future career interests and opportunities. Each student is assigned one or more Thesis Advisors that follow the development of the work throughout the year. 

In parallel to the development of the Thesis Project Studio, the second year of the Master in City & Technology offers a series of seminars enhancing both the theoretical, practical and computational skills of the students.

The Second Academic year of the Master in City & Technology comprises the following elements:

  • Thesis Project Studio – TSt.
  • Tools – T (Seminars and Master Classes, All Terms)
  • Workshops – W (All Terms)
  • Theory Seminars – TS (Seminars and Master Classes, All Terms)
  • Cross-Reviews – CR (All terms)

The programme is organized into three terms

Throughout all three terms, the Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project students will attend transversal sessions which bring them in direct contact with their thesis advisor(s) as well as front running professionals in the fields of research and development, innovation, strategic planning, economics, and sustainability. All classes throughout all the terms are mandatory.

  • TSt. – Advanced Urbanism (30 ECTS)
  • TS – Research & Methods (3 ECTS)
  • TS – Ideas for Change (3 ECTS)
  • CR – Economics, Sustainability & Innovation Cross-Reviews (1 ECTS)

In parallel to the Thesis Project Studio sessions and the Theory Seminars, the first term consists of two complementary obligatory Seminars and one workshop. Students will be introduced to strategic urban design principles, as well as new tools for urban analytics, programming, and computational design.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  • T – Computational Design I (1 ECTS)
  • T – Big Data Analytics (1 ECTS)
  • W – Urban Design Workshop I – Strategic Design (1 ECTS)

In parallel to the Thesis Project Studio sessions and the Theory Seminars, the second term consists of two complementary obligatory Seminars and one workshop. Students will attend advanced classes of computational design and will be introduced to systemic urban design principles, as well as to the theory and initial applications of artificial intelligence into urban environments.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • T – Computational Design II (1 ECTS)
  • T – Artificial Intelligence in Urbanism I (1 ECTS)
  • W – Urban Design Workshop II – Systemic Design (1 ECTS)

In parallel to the Thesis Project Studio sessions and the Theory Seminars, the third term consists of one complimentary obligatory Seminar and one workshop. Students will be introduced to digital urban design principles, as well as to advanced applications of artificial intelligence in urban planning and urban design.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  • T – Artificial Intelligence in Urbanism II (1 ECTS)
  • W – Urban Design Workshop III – Algorithmic Design (1 ECTS)

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master in City and Technology is aimed at:

  • Urban Planners & Designers,
  • Architects & Engineers,
  • Computer & Data Scientists
  • Economists & Entrepreneurs
  • Social & Environmental Scientists,

as well as graduates related with the transformation and management of our cities and technologies of information. Once successfully finished, IAAC students will then join the IAAC Alumni Community, an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals spread around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture and Urbanism and exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading to award-winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.

During the application process, those candidates who do not have an academic background in design (such as data science, economics, engineering, management, etc), will not be required to submit a portfolio, but it is strongly recommended to attach samples of previous projects and research developed in relation to cities.

WORK AFTER THE Master in City & Technology

There is currently a lack of professionals who are capable of leading projects where the aim is to transform our cities from the 20th-Century production and distribution model to the 21st-Century paradigms. The Master in City & Technology programme aims to create future professionals who will be able to lead projects in both the public and private sector that focus on Urban Planning, Urban Design, Smart Buildings, Big Data Analytics & Visualization, Urban Mobility & Transportation Analysis, Urban Mobility Micro & Macro Simulations, and GIS software.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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PROJECT  PROPOSAL: “BIG DATA URBANISM”

The theme of the scholarship offered by the Master in City and Technology programme is focused on Big Data Urbanism: Big data has become an essential tool for the understanding of the urban environment and the generation of accurate decision-making processes for their transformation.

Participants are asked to use Big Data as a tool which informs an urban planning and/or urban design proposal for a city of their choice. In their proposals, they are asked to showcase how through the use of big data they can:

1. Visualize a city’s layers (i.e mobility & transportation, vegetation, road network, waste management infrastructure, energy consumption/generation, housing, tourism, economic activities etc.) through the use of maps and charts.

2. Create a strategy which informs an urban planning/design proposal for the transformation of a city.

REQUIRED MATERIAL

  • A pdf file, A3 format, 3 pages max (max 8MB) containing: a short description in English of the project and the strategy/rationale behind the proposal; images, plans or diagrams of the designed elements.

COMPETITION DEADLINES

Start and end dates to be released soon.

FACULTY

Areti Markopoulou

Academic Director / MAA01, MAA02, MaCT Programme Director and Studio Faculty / DMIC Leader / Board of Trustees Member

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Mathilde Marengo BW

Head of Studies / MAA, MRAC, MaCT, CIEE Studio & Theory Faculty / Research Methodology Advisor

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Alex Mademochoritis

MaCT Coordinator & Seminar Faculty / CIEE coordinator

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Edouard Cabay

OTF Co-director / MAA Senior Faculty / MaCT Studio Faculty

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Winy Maas

MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Nicolay Doyadjiev

MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Gonzalo Delacámara

MAA, MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Willy Müller

Urban Sciences Lab Director / MAA, MaCT Seminar Faculty / X-Urban Design Studio Leader / Board of Trustees Member

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Jordi Vivaldi

MaCT Seminar Faculty / MAA Faculty

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Manuel Gausa

MAA Senior Faculty / Advanced Theory Director / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Rodrigo Aguirre

MAA, CIEE, GSS Senior Faculty / Computational Advisor / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Aldo Sollazzo

MRAC Director / GSS Director / MAA & CIEE Senior Faculty / Computational Expert / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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José Luis de Vicente

Digital Culture, Innovation and New Media Art / MDEF Faculty / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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Enric Ruiz Geli

MAA Senior Faculty / Self-sufficient Building Studio Leader / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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Mara Balestrini

Making Sense Project Leader / MDEF Faculty / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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Tomas Diez

Fab Lab Barcelona Director / Fab City Global Instigator / MDEF Director / Board of Trustees Member / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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Kate Armstrong

Communications Manager / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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Guillem Camprodon

Sense making - Fab Lab Barcelona / MAEB Faculty / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

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COLLABORATIVE ENTITIES

The Master in City & Technology programme represents an effort of facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the mutual learning of urban experiences among cities. Barcelona is considered to be at the forefront of urbanism, urban design & urban strategic planning, awarded the European Capital of Innovation (“iCapital”) prize “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens” by the European Commission.

Hence the Master in City & Technology proposes to learn not only from the experiences of Barcelona, thanks to a solid collaboration with the urban government but also from practice-based experiences through the direct collaboration with professionals in the fields of  urban design (public space, buildings, service infrastructure, user interaction), urban technologies, urban planning, participatory processes and economics, finally applying this content to real case studies.

INTERNSHIPS

After the end of the Master in City & Technology, our students have the exclusive opportunity to be placed as interns in one of the many collaborative companies of the programme. The following companies are specifically interested in IAAC students with the Master in City & Technology profile:

At the completion of the programme, the coordinator will inform the students regarding the application process.

EU COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

During the development of their individual Thesis project, selected Master in City & Technology 02 students, will have the opportunity of participating in European Research Funded Projects developed by the IAAC Advanced Architecture Group. This experience will contribute to the content of their thesis, as well as the expansion of the students’ network by giving them the possibility to work on real pilot projects on European and selected non-European cities. The Master in City & Technology’s academic structure aims to integrate and further develop the following EU collaborative research projects: