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INTRODUCTION

IAAC’s Master in City & Technology (1 or 2-year program) is a unique program oriented towards redefining the analysis, planning, and design of twenty-first-century cities and beyond. The program offers expertise in the design of digitally enhanced, ecological and human-centered urban environments by intersecting the disciplines of urbanism and data science. Taking place in Barcelona, the capital of urbanism, the Master in City & Technology is training the professionals that city administrations, governments, industries, and communities need, to transform the urban environment in the era of big data.

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

The Internet of Buildings

Master in City & Technology 2018/19

The Green Dip

Master in City & Technology 2018/19 and The Why Factory

Winy Maas – MVRDV & The Why Factory

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Carlo Ratti – Carlo Ratti Associati & MIT Senseable City Lab

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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.

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)
  • UD – Urban 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.

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.
  • Digital Tools – DT (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:

  • DT – Computational Design I (1 ECTS)
  • DT – Big Data Analytics (1 ECTS)
  • W – Strategic Urban 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:

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

  • DT – Artificial Intelligence in Urbanism II (1 ECTS)
  • W – Algorithmic Urban Design (1 ECTS)

STUDENT PROFILE

The Master in City and Technology is a programme for architects, urbanists, designers, computer scientists, engineers, data scientists and entrepreneurs that want to become urban technologists and lead the future of urban environments.  If you are passionate about combining design and data science in order to lead the positive transformation of cities and you are willing to work together with multidisciplinary experts, industries and city administrations on real case studies for the acceleration of urban innovation and intelligent design, then the Master in City & Technology is made for you.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Master in City & Technology structure links our students to an interconnected network of professionals, companies, as well as academic and research centers. Through this network, they directly have the opportunity to be professionally integrated into both the public and private sectors in fields related to urban design & planning, urban intelligence, and urban analytics. Furthermore, with the support of IAAC, students have the possibility to create their own practices in the above-mentioned fields.

Irene Rodriguez Vara – Urban Data Specialist at O-HB

Master in City & Technology 2017/18 Alumni

SCHOLARSHIPS

Our scholarship competition has now finished and we’re unable to accept any more scholarship applications for this year. If you would like to find out when the competition is reopening, please subscribe to our newsletter where we will make the announcement.

 

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.

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built spaces, the way we live and interact. Her research and practice seeks to redefine architecture as a performative “body” beyond traditional notions of static materiality, approximate data, or standardized manufacturing.

Areti is founder and principal of the multidisciplinary practice Design Dynamics Studio, and co-editor of Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu. She is the project coordinator of a number of European Research funded Projects on topics including urban regeneration through technologies and multidisciplinary educational models in the digital age.

PROGRAMME FACULTY

Head of Studies:
Dr. Mathilde Marengo

Coordinator:
Alex Mademochoritis

Studio Faculty:
Dr. Areti Markopoulou – Design Research Studio Leader – Responsive Cities
Dr. Mathilde Marengo – Design Research Studio Leader – Architecture & Urbanism
Edouard Cabay – Design Research Studio Leader – Dynamic Mapping (Appareil)
Luis Falcon – Design Research Studio Leader – Big Data Analytics (InAtlas)

Seminar Faculty:
Dr. Diego Pajarito – Data Science and Cartography
Rodrigo Aguirre – Computational Design
Willy MüllerUrban Design (Urban Science Lab)
Dr. Jordi Vivaldi – Urban Design and Theory
Prof. Manuel Gausa – Urbanism and Theory
Nicolay Boyadjiev – Urbanism and Digital Platform Economy (Strelka)
Dr. Kathrin DiPaola – Strategic Planning and Anthropology (Business Sweden)
Julius Streifeneder – Architecture and Systemic Design (Urban Standards)
Francesca Arcuri – Mobility and Transportation (Mobility in Chain)
Sebastiano Scacchetti – Mobility and Cities (BuroHappold Engineering)
Aldo Sollazzo – Urban Sensing and Robotics (Noumena)

Eugenio Bettucchi – Parametric Urban Design (Noumena)
Angelos Chronis – Artificial Intelligence in Urbanism (City Intelligence Lab – AIT)
José Luis de Vicente – Digital Culture, Innovation and New Media Art (Sonar+D)
Dr. Gonzalo Delacámara – Economics and Social Entrepreneurship (IMDEA Agua)
Dr. Lluisa Marsal – Blockchain Technologies (Catalan Institute of Energy, Government of Catalonia)
Dr. Mara Balestrini – Innovation, Strategic Planning and Project Management (Ideas for Change)

Guest Faculty:
Winy Maas – Urban Ecology (MVRDV & The Why Factory)
Carlo Ratti – Senseable Cities (Carlo Ratti Associati & MIT Senseable City Lab)
Eduardo Rico – Digital Landscapes (Space Syntax UCL & Architectural Association)

Guest Faculty – Theory:
Albert CanigueralOuishare
Marcella Del Signore New York Institute of Technology
Dr. Lydia Kallipoliti Cooper Union
Enric Ruiz Geli Cloud9
Tomas Diez – IAAC / Fab City
Guillem Camprodon – Fab Lab Barcelona / Smart Citizen
Emma Costa Bayern Innovativ
Paul PoinetSpeckle

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.

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.

INDUSTRY

RESEARCH & ACADEMIA

EUROPEAN PROJECTS