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Master in City & Technology

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The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) is a programme oriented in training Change Makers that City Government Administrations, the Industry and Communities need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities.

From urban planning to urban management and citizen-based services, the Master in City & Technology foresees new city economy and new city management models through the creation of efficient, responsive, decentralised, productive and hyper connected systems to be implemented in order to build the city of the future.

The program will be developed with the collaboration of companies and industry, and will form new professionals interested in leading this new field of city economy that is emerging worldwide.


In an effort of understanding the significant role of technology for the formation of the new urban environments, the Master in City & Technology addresses the question of the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in different layers of the urban environment, continuing the urban research carried out by IAAC in the last years in fields like Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Eco and productive neighbourhoods, Internet of Energy, Digital Fabrication, and Smart Cities.

The programme aims to develop new categories of projects, technologies and solutions that can be extended systematically to the cities of the world, thus helping them to become more efficient and more human.

Every Master Candidate will attend and develop technological seminars, city studies, cultural analysis, and pilot projects in order to have a global comprehension of the development of Smart City Projects based in real real-life environments.

Participants will be introduced to concepts such as Open Innovation and will learn the new necessary processes and tools on how cities, surrounding regions and rural areas, can evolve towards sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems to boost Future Internet research and Future Internet-enabled services of public interest and citizen participation.

They will be developing research on new modes of Economic Governance based on Public-Private Partnerships and decentralized collaboration relying on the policy networks found in civil society.

Finally, Master Candidates will learn to develop and implement symbiotic systems of organization based on real time data that can be further articulated into responsive systems and metabolic organisations, where small decisions can have a large impact at an urban scale.

They will learn how to make projects that integrate the design of public space and buildings, the infrastructures of services, the user interaction and the technologies of information, developing technical, social and economical skills. This will allow to develop the new economy of city services and the new models of city management that boost the potential of the Internet of


The Master is oriented to engineers, architects, designers, economists, sociologists, entrepreneurs and graduates related with the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.

Once successfully finished the master, IAAC students will join the IAAC Alumni Community. This is today is an active and dynamic network of visionary professionals distributed around the world, promoting principles and applications of Advanced Architecture, exploring new academic and research initiatives, leading award winning practices or working for internationally acclaimed firms and institutions.


Edition: 3rd edition

Degree: Master in City & Technology 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 – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 16.000 € (details)

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

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