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INTRODUCTION

IAAC offers in Barcelona an international Master programs in Advanced Architecture (MAA), oriented to architects, engineers and designers from all over the world eager to imagine the future of our cities and societies and committed to build it in the present.

Being the first Master in Advanced Architecture of the world, the IAAC’s MAA has now reached its 16th edition. During this time IAAC has received and been home to over 1000 students from more than 70 countries, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place.

In the version of 9 months (MAA01) or 18 months (MAA02) the Master in Advanced Architecture is accredited by the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with respectively 75 ECTS and 130 ECTS. The MAA is directed by the architect and researcher Areti Markopoulou.

The Master in Advanced Architecture program emerges as an innovative open structure focusing on three select Research Lines (Intelligent Cities, Self-sufficient Buildings, Digital Matter-Intelligent Construction) all led by internationally renowned experts, and bringing together students and faculty from different disciplines and origins, towards the creation of a networked hub of excellence, the IAAC Community,  dedicated to research and innovation for the habitability of the 21st Century.

CONTEXT AND AGENDA

In order to allow the highest quality and applied research, the Master in Advanced Architecture proposes a multidisciplinary and multiscalar approach, considering architecture as a transversal field, for which it is imperative to integrate all research and applications with the knowledge of specialists form a diversity of fields of expertise.

In this sense the Advanced Architecture Agenda establishes the responsibility to confront the process of global urbanisation from a multi-scalar and operational perspective, as well as through the development of prototypes that promote environmental, economic and social sustainability.

In the early 20th century, the concept of ‘dwelling’ was defined as a ‘machine for living’, a reference to a new way of understanding the construction of inhabitable spaces that characterised the Machine Age.

Today, a century later, we face the challenge of constructing sustainable or even self-sufficient prototypes; living organisms that interact and interchange resources with their environment, and that function as entirely self-sufficient entities, as trees do in a field. In this way, each action in the territory implies a manipulation of multiple environmental forces, connected with numerous flows and networks such as energy, transport, logistics and information, generating new inhabitable and responsive nodes with the potential to use and produce resources.

Territorial and urban strategies as well as building operations therefore call to be coordinated processes that extend architectural knowledge to new forms of management and planning, in which multi-scalar thinking also entails an understanding of shifting dynamics, energy and information transmission, as well as continuous adaptation.

Architecture is always facing the responsibility of responding to emergent needs, technologies and ever-changing programs. We must ask more of architecture: we as architects should be required to design inhabitable organisms that are capable of developing functions and integrating the processes of the natural world that formerly took place at a distance, in other points of the surrounding territory.

The models created for the metropolis of the last century are unable to accommodate new developments linked to contemporary urban lifestyles, which ever more discontinuous in space and time. The building-over of the global landscape requires us to project at the same time the full and the empty, the natural and the artificial, in such a way as to make economic impetus compatible with sustainable development.

It is necessary to generate complex knowledge linked to a multi-layered reading of realities that have traditionally been thought of as separate, such as energy manipulation, nature, urban mobility, dwellings, systems of production and fabrication, the development of software, information networks, etc. This opens up the possibility of generating new prototypes, capable of engaging with complex and changing environments.

Finally, every new urban or architectural production needs to update its materiality and reinterpret construction techniques of the past centuries, which are very directly based on the transformation of locally available materials. It is now time for interaction between disciplines and technologies to engage in a vision that embraces different fields of research.

RESEARCH LINES

In its perspective of multidisciplinarity and transcalarity, MAA is organised in an open academic structure which combines mandatory and elective courses around different main research lines:

Research Lines for MAA01 and MAA02 (fist year)

Thesis Studios for MAA02 (second year)

MAA01 IN BRIEF

Edition: 17th edition

Degree: Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Credits: 75 ECTS

Duration: 9 months – From October 2017 to June 2018 – Full Time

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 18.750 € (details)

Admission: Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

MAA02 IN BRIEF

Edition: 7th edition

Degree: Master in Advanced Architecture accredited by School of Professional and Executive Development at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Credits: 130 ECTS

Duration: 18 months – From October 2017 to June 2019 – Full time

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 30.465 € (details)

Admission: Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

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