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Master in City & Technology – MaCT

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INTRODUCTION

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

Taking place in none other than Barcelona, the capital of urbanism, this program aims at redefining the practice of urban planning, urban management, strategic data analysis and citizen-based services. The MaCT focuses on the creation of applied visions that have the power to fuel progress for many generations, by allowing its participants to not only actively wonder and question progress but also, to re-imagine it and choreograph it. At the MaCT we shape the cities of the future by designing new city economies and new models of managing our cities through the creation of efficient, responsive, decentralized, productive, digital and hyper connected systems.

After 9 months (MaCT01) or 18 months (MaCT02) the Master in City and Technology is accredited by the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC) with 75 ECTS and 120 ECTS, respectively.

The MaCT is directed by the architect and researcher Areti Markopoulou.

The program is led by internationally renowned academics, companies and industries and aims to form Industry, Innovation and Political leaders and thinkers that will guide our cities’ welfare to a positive change.

CONTEXT AND AGENDA

The rapid and exponential growth of technology and urbanisation has created a new problem for Change-Makers and that is the uncertainty of their applications. The Master in City and Technology focuses this question by defining the things that will most affect the future needs of humanity, addressing the question of the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in different levels of the urban environment. This is developed thanks to a broad experience in urban research carried out by IAAC over the last years in fields like the Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Eco and Productive neighbourhoods, Internet of Energy, Digital Fabrication, Urban Gamification and Intelligent Cities.

The program aims to develop and exhibit new categories of projects, technologies and solutions that can be meaningfully extended systematically to the cities of the world, thus helping them to become more efficient and more consistent with today’s exponential technological evolution.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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 technologically driven urban projects based in real-life environments. The program prepares candidates to be the key actors capable of making connections between disciplines where none were possible or even considered before.

Participants will be introduced to concepts such as Open Innovation as well as learning 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.

The candidates will be introduced to a large variety of technological tools and software that are imperative for the multi-scalar representation and understanding of the urban environment. From 3d modelling, to parametricism, to coding, to Big Data manipulation, to simulations and Geographical Information Systems, students will be called to learn all the necessary tools that will allow them to become effective and efficient project developers as well as communicators.

Research will be developed towards 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 be immersed in new ways of approaching the Urban Mobility and Accessibility systems in order to learn how to develop and implement symbiotic systems of transportation, based on real time data that can be further articulated into responsive systems and metabolic organizations, where small decisions can have a large impact at an urban scale.

Projects will integrate the design of public space and buildings, service infrastructure, user interaction and technologies of information, developing technical, social and economic skills. This will allow MaCT students to develop the new economy of city services and new models of city management that go beyond the potential of the Internet of Things.

MaCT01 IN BRIEF

EDITION: 4th edition

DIRECTOR: Areti Markopoulou

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 2018 to June 2019 – Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning

LANGUAGE: English

TUITION FEES:

Non EU 18,750 €

EU 13,125 €

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

MaCT02 IN BRIEF

EDITION: 1st edition

DIRECTOR: Areti Markopoulou

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: 120 ECTS

DURATION: 18 months – From October 2018 to June 2020 – Full time – Classes are only held in the afternoons to permit part-time jobs in the morning

LANGUAGE: English

TUITION FEES:

Non EU 30,400€

EU 21,280€

(Full Programme tuition)

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