INTRODUCTION

The Master in City & Technology is a unique programme which is orientated 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.

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Master in City & Technology 02
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 5th edition 2nd edition
Credits 75 ECTS 120 ECTS
Duration 9 Months – From October 2019 to June 2020 // Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning 18 Months – From October 2019 to June 2021 // 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 Urban Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Engineers, Economists, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Social & Environmental Scientists. Urban Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Engineers, Economists, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Social & Environmental Scientists.

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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.

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The Master in City and Technology comprises the following elements:

  1. Theory – TC (seminars and master classes, all terms)
  2. Strategic Planning – SP (seminars, all terms)
  3. Technology – TE (seminars, all terms)
  4. Urban Design – UD (seminars and workshops, all terms)
  5. Design Studio – ST (studios, all terms)
  6. Lecture Series – LS (all terms)

RESEARCH STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Fall Term is a formative platform structured by a Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to Information Communication Technologies for cities, new tools for city analysis,  Open Innovation, design strategies, innovative forms of planning and contemporary culture. A toolbox of both, theoretical and practical skills for further research work.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Cities (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Programming & Data Visualisation)
  • TC – Digital City (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data I (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Google Urbanism (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Future Mobility (3 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS –  Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

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

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The 11-week Winter Term is structured by one Design Studio and five complementary obligatory Seminars continuing with the development of technical skills in data analytics and computation as well as introducing new categories of projects for the design of buildings, the infrastructures of services, the user interaction and the technologies of information.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of Buildings (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Physical Computing)
  • TE – Blockchain 4 Cities (3 ECTS)
  • TE – Digital Tools & Big Data II (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS)
  • UD – UD Workshop (1 ECTS)
  • SP – Urban Data Analytics (2 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS – Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

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

PILOT PROJECT THESIS AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Spring Term is structured by one Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new processes and tools on how citizens can be involved in the development of sustainable, open and user-driven innovation ecosystems.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  • ST – Internet of People (12 ECTS, of which 9 ECTS is dedicated to Studio – Application & Project development – and 3 ECTS is dedicated to Studio Support Seminar –  Urban Apps)
  • TC – New City Business Models (3 ECTS)
  • SP – Cities for Citizens (3 ECTS)
  • UD – Big Data Strategies (3 ECTS)
  • LS – Theory of Cities – Master Classes (1 ECTS)
  • LS –  Lecture Series (1 ECTS)

NOTE: Pilot Project Thesis and Seminars of Term 3 are obligatory.

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Master in City & Technology 02 – FIRST YEAR

The first year of the Master in City & Technology 02 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 01 and the Master in City & Technology 02 is the duration and the ECTS that each one offers:
The Master in City & Technology 01 is a 9-month programme and offers 75 ECTS while the Master in City & Technology 02 is an 18-month programme which offers 120 ECTS credits.
The Master in City & Technology 02 differs from the Master in City & Technology 01 in the second year.

Master in City & Technology 02 – SECOND YEAR

During the second year of the Master in City & Technology 02 programme, students will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of permanent IAAC faculty as well as external guest tutors, on an individual thesis focused on the development of a pilot project, allowing them to fully engage with both the theoretical and practical aspects of the project. The Individual Thesis Project is based on the Master in City & Technology Research and Development studio agenda is comprised by 4 Research Lines defined by IAAC as well as seminars that will be supporting the project development and amplifying their knowledge of urban technologies by allowing them to integrate these in the development of holistic projects which explore the urban, social, economic and environmental benefits of technologies. Lectures and workshops are also part of the thesis year.

The individual thesis, or pilot project, will allow the students to gain in-depth knowledge on elaborating disruptive urban proposals that use technology to improve citizens’ quality of life. Additionally, through the development of the individual thesis based on a real case study, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with industrial and administrative representatives, among the collaborative entities of the Master in City & Technology programme, giving the students the necessary support and knowledge to develop solutions for highly complex urban environments.

During the development of their individual Thesis project, selected Master in City & Technology 02 students, will have the possibility of participating in European Research Funded Projects developed by the 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 second Academic year of the Master in City & Technology comprises the following elements:

  • Thesis Studio – TS (seminars and workshops, all terms)
  • Theory – TC (seminars and master classes, all terms)
  • Obligatory Seminars – SO (seminars, all terms)
  • Lecture Series – LS (all terms)

The programme is organized into three terms

During the first term of the second year the students are proposing their thesis project, that they are going to develop throughout the year, their strategies in the research and design project studio.

It is a formative platform structured by a Research Design Project and three complementary courses, anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to the research lines of the thesis themes urban design strategies, innovative forms of urban planning and contemporary urban culture, supporting the theoretical research as well as the practical development of the thesis projects. All classes in this term are obligatory.

TERM 1 COURSES:

  • TS. | THESIS STUDIO (I – IV) (8 ECTS credits) + Desk Crit Reviews (2 ECTS credits)
  • TC.1 | THEORY CONCEPTS (2 ECTS credits)
    • Mod 1. Theory & Methods for Smart, Sustainable & Resilient Cities
    • Mod 2. Economics & Sustainability
  • SO.1 | BIG DATA IN URBAN DESIGN (1 ECTS credits)

The second term of the second year is structured by the Thesis Studio and three seminars focused on two main parts of a thesis research: theory and practice in different scales of urban investigation. All classes in this term are mandatory.

 

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • TS. | THESIS STUDIO (I – IV) (10 ECTS credits) + Desk Crit Reviews (2 ECTS credits)
  • TC.2 | THEORY CONCEPTS (2 ECTS credits)
    • Mod 1. Theory & Methods for Smart, Sustainable & Resilient Cities
    • Mod 2. Economics & Sustainability
  • SO.2 | DATA VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION DESIGN (2 ECTS credits)

This term is structured by the Research and Development Studio and Seminars focused on the practice of the urban investigation itself. In this term, the students are finalizing their proposal and constructing prototypes of their thesis projects. All classes in this term are mandatory.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  • TS. | THESIS STUDIO (I – IV) (11 ECTS credits) + Desk Crit Reviews (2 ECTS credits)
  • TC.3 | THEORY CONCEPTS (1 ECTS credits)
    • Mod 1. Economics & Sustainability
  • SO.3 | ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN URBANISM (2 ECTS credits)

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

2019 Scholarships have already been awarded.

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, MaCT, CIEE Studio & Theory Faculty / Research Methodology Advisor

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Vicente Guallart

IAAC Founder / Valldaura Labs Director / MAEB Co-Director / Urbanization.org Director / Board of Trustees Member

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Winy Maas

Seminar Faculty

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José Luis de Vicente

Digital Culture, Innovation and New Media Art / MDEF Faculty / 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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Marco Ingrassia

Academic Coordinator / MAA, MaCT Faculty / OTF and MAA02 Coordinator

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Cristian Rizzuti

MAA, GSS Faculty / MaCT Seminar Faculty / MRAC Faculty Assistant / Multimedia Design Expert

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Alex Mademochoritis

MaCT Programme Coordinator & Seminar Faculty / CIEE coordinator

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Mara Balestrini

Making Sense Project Leader / MDEF 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: