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Master in City & Technology

The Agenda

MUMBAI/BARCELONA

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA) are joining forces to create a double accreditation new Masters program in City and Technologies.
In an effort of understanding the needs for the habitability of the XXIst century cities and the significant role of technology for the formation of the new urban environments the two architectural academies of excellence (IAAC and BSSA) propose a new Masters program oriented in training the new professionals that both City Government and Industry need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities using the potential of technologies of information.
The joint Masters program is one of the several actions between Mumbai and Barcelona in an effort of facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the mutual learning of urban experiences among cities.

India and Spain, Barcelona and Mumbai.

Two key cities on global urban phenomena, high density, strategies for sustainable urban infrastructure and future urban growth opportunities.
The two city hubs of different geolocations but parallel interests on cities sustainable growth will be the case study for the development of new categories of projects, technologies and solutions that can be extended systematically to the cities of the world.
The Master in City and Technology is a double accreditation professional Masters program oriented in training the new professionals that both City Government and Industry need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities using the potential of technologies of information.

Two key cities on global urban phenomena, high density, strategies for sustainable urban infrastructure and future urban growth opportunities.
The two city hubs of different geolocations but parallel interests on cities sustainable growth will be the case study for the development of new categories of projects, technologies and solutions that can be extended systematically to the cities of the world.
The Master in City and Technology is a double accreditation professional Masters program oriented in training the new professionals that both City Government and Industry need in order to develop projects for the transformation of the cities using the potential of technologies of information.

Following up the urban research carried out by the IAAC and BSSA in the last years in fields like Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Eco neighborhoods, Internet of Energy, Hydrogrid, Digital Fabrication or Smart Cities, the Master in Cities and Technology is addressing the question of the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in different layers of the urban environment.

The program 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 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.

The Degree

The Master in City and Technology program offers an 18 month full-time double accreditation professional Masters degree. The Master in City and Technology (MaCT) degree shall be awarded by IAAC, Barcelona and an accredited certificate from BSSA NMIMS

Intake

15 Seats

The Education Process

The Masters Program will be developed within 2 academic years and within 2 locations. The first year will take place in Mumbai in BSSA and the second year in IAAC in Barcelona.

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 organizations, 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 Everything.
From urban planning to urban management and citizen-based services the Master in Cities and Technology foresee new city economy and new city management models through the creation of efficient, responsive, decentralized, productive and hyper connected systems to be implemented in order to build the city of the future.

Facilities And Resources

  • Studios, Lecture Halls, Library, Resource Centre and Computer Laboratory are fully Air-Conditioned and internet accessible
  • Studios and Workshop – Individual, computer connected comfortable work spaces. Lecture Hall and Audio / Visual Facilities – Apart from Studios, AV facilities at various places on campus.
  • Library and Resource Center – In addition to University Library, BSSA has an extensive physical and electronic library.
  • Computer Laboratory – All students have individual connected computers with internet access in addition to computer laboratory.
  • Workshop – A modern workshop with machines of international standards for wood, steel and clay. In addition, on-campus sophisticated workshop of the other colleges can also be accessed. Laser cutting machine of International standard is the latest addition to the workshop.

Value Proposition

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

The two Institutes give 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.

Program Objectives

IAAC and BSSA put 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 materialize their project ideas.

The aim of the IAAC and BSSA 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.

The Master in City and Technology comprises the following elements:

  • Research Studio Term I
  • Seminars Term I
  • Design Studios
  • Seminars Term II
  • Pilot Project Thesis
  • Seminars Term III
  • Lecture Series All Terms

The Masters Program will be developed within 2 academic years and within 2 locations. The first academic year will take place in Mumbai in BSSA and the second academic year will take place in IAAC in Barcelona.

ACADEMIC YEAR 01: MUMBAI_BSSA
The program is organized in three terms:

  • Term 1: Research Studio and Seminars
  • Term 2: Design Studio and Seminars
  • Term 3: Pilot Project Thesis and Seminars
  • Lecture Series (along the year)

ACADEMIC YEAR 02: BARCELONA_IAAC
The program is organized in three terms:

  • Term 1: Research Studio and Seminars
  • Term 2: Design Studio and Seminars
  • Term 3: Pilot Project Thesis and Seminars
  • Lecture Series (along the year)

Eligibility

The Master program is oriented to engineers, architects, designers, economists and graduates in any discipline related with the transformation and management of cities and technologies of information.
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.

For more information on the Master in City and Technology, as well as information on how to apply, contact us at: applications@iaac.net

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