IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

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The Master in City & Technology is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through researching on new categories of projects, technologies and solutions related with information and communication technologies in urban environments.

IAAC gives students the opportunity to  create individual Studio agendas and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on Citizen Innovation, Cities New Business Models, Urban Apps, Smart City Infrastructures, new Citizen-based Services, Open Data Development and more. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental and learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of contemporary urban environments.

Students 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 materialise their project ideas.

The aim of IAAC is to form graduates who, after the completion of the programme, will be able to develop their acquired skills in a diversity of professional environments, related with the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.

MaCT01 – CITY FOCUS

Each year the MaCT01 programme focuses on a specific city around the globe presenting an interest in collaborating with IAAC in its future development of strategies and projects. This allows to develop the Master programme around real solutions to be implemented in the selected urban context, going beyond mere fictitious case studies.

In collaboration with the local administration and both local and global companies involved in the city’s transformation, the students develop solutions in technology, urban design, strategic planning, as well as developing a strong theoretical basis related to urban development.

MaCT01 2018/19 will be focusing on the city of Melbourne, Australia, and collaborating with governmental organisations (City of Melbourne, AusTrade, City of Bendigo), academic and research institutions (Swinburne Smart Cities Research Institute, RMIT) and local industry partners (neighbourlytics, IoTAA, Gruntify, Data61, Coliban Water, BlueChilli), as well as the collaborative entities of the MaCT programme (MIC, The Why Factory, Urban Standards, Carlo Ratti Associati, Ideas for Change, InAtlas, 300.000Km/s, ouishare, MCRIT).

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)
  7. Research Trip – RT

RESEARCH STUDIO AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Fall Term is a formative platform structured by a Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars anticipating ideas that will appear during the programme in relation to ICTs for cities, new tools for city analysis,  Open Innovation, new cities business models, 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 – Fab City Design Strategies (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Digital City (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Computational Design (3 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Produino (3 ECTS credits)
  • TE – Intro Digital Fabrication (1 ECTS credit)
  • SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Open Source Urbanism (2 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Urbiotica (3 ECTS credits)

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

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Winter Term is structured by two Design Studio and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new categories of projects for integrating the design of public space and buildings,the infrastructures of services,the user interaction and the technologies of information.

TERM 2 COURSES:

  • ST – Fab City Design Strategies / Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – New City Business Models (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Self Sufficient Habitat (6 ECTS credits)
  • SP – Urban Analytics (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Responsive Cities (3 ECTS credits)

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

PILOT PROJECT THESIS AND SEMINARS

The 12-week Spring Term is structured by the Pilot Project Thesis as a case study and four complementary obligatory Seminars introducing new processes and tools on how cities can evolve towards sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems to boost Future Internet research.

TERM 3 COURSES:

  • ST – Pilot Project Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Citizen Innovation (3 ECTS credits)
  • TC – Master Classes (2 ECTS credits)
  • TE – City Data Visualisation and Interpretation (6 ECTS credits)
  • UD – Designing With Fluxes (3 ECTS credits)
  • UD – UD Workshop (2 ECTS credits)

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

MaCT02 – INDIVIDUAL THESIS


With the objective of furthering the research developed in the first year of the MaCT programme, IAAC launches its first edition of MaCT02. During the MaCT02 programme students will have the opportunity to work 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 students will also follow associated seminars amplifying their knowledge of technologies associated to the urban context, allowing them to integrate these in the development of holistic projects, mixing technology with social, economic and environmental benefits.

The individual thesis, or pilot project, will allow the students to gain in depth knowledge on elaborating disruptive urban proposals that use technology to better 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 governmental representatives, among the collaborative entities of the MaCT programme, giving students the necessary support and knowledge to develop solutions for the real world.

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.

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