Prototyping Future Cities in the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism in Moscow
If there is place with a tradition with Prototyping Future Cities, this is Moscow. It’s a City where many technological innovations have been produced during XX century and where many innovations related with social housing and green spaces happened. Now, the Higher School of Economics is launching a new Master program ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ to educate the leaders for the construction of urban environments. The program is open to architects, engineers, economists, geographers, programmers, media experts and anyone involved in the transformation of cities. The program is directed by Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona, and will have international and local professionals as professors.
Students will learn how to develop prototype projects applicable at any urban aspect, starting with their capacity to analyze data, to integrate appropriate technology and to design proposals that will change the current reality. The prototype projects will also include the proposal of an economical model that is managed appropriately.
Project = Analysis + Technology + Design + Fabrication + Implementation
The program takes place in the Shukhov Lab for prototyping future cities which is the one of the FAB LAB network laboratories. Students will work in a very closely with technology, preparing prototypes, investigating and analyzing the city through data, while developing projects that come as a relevant response to the particular problems that affect the city. In the end, the students will have the skills developed by the various areas of study. Thus the graduates will be able to tackle any kind of project. To achieve this, the students will have to work both individually, in order to further develop their own skills, but also in collaborative group projects, either remotely or physically, with other universities or cities in which the Master program ‘City and Technologies: Prototyping Future Cities’ is active.
Project prototyping in Shukhov Lab for prototyping future cities
The Master program ‘City and Technologies: Prototyping Future Cities’ is directed to:
• Professionals from different fields related with the city and urbanity, interested in amplifying their technical and project based knowledge spectrum, with the aim of learning about more advanced technologies and tools that can be applied on city scale projects;
• City managers, interested in understanding the full potential of information technology in order to optimize the efficiency of their cities or implementing new principles that affect a city's performance;
• Private sector workers in the field of developing, maintaining and/or managing a city and its urban services, interested in integrating information technology in the process of their work;
• Experts in the field of technology and urban development interested in the performance of a city with the end goal of developing new application implementable at an urban scale.
The programme features the following:
● Multidisciplinary approach involving research of different urban layers
● Access to a unique innovative laboratory full of technological resources for developing prototypes, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, etc.
● Access to a worldwide network of laboratories where urban innovations are developed
● In-depth interaction with professionals and scholars promoting a highly practical and radical approach to urban innovation
● Opportunity to work closely with tutors on a daily basis
● Opportunity to develop real projects with companies and cities worldwide
You will have full-time access to the Shukhov Lab for Prototyping Future Cities, allowing you to transform your ideas into prototypes. The programme goes beyond the traditional methods of education in classes or workshops. It provides an immersive experience in a digital laboratory with access to all of the means of production required to test your projects in real urban scenarios.
Students will be exposed to a multidisciplinary education programme that integrates Urban Studies, Social Sciences and Digital Fabrication. It is intended to create a new type of professional that can develop any kind of project in order to lead urban transformation.
The programme’s approach combines the scientific method, practical knowledge and social experience in order to provide the skills necessary for developing innovative projects that can contribute to the development of a human-centred future for cities.
Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.
HSE faculty, researchers, and students represent over 50 countries, and are dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards.
Students will have all of the privileges and advantages of studying at HSE, including access to dormitories, library, discounts and all HSE facilities.
The HSE Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics. The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning.
The programme will primarily take place in Shukhov Lab, located in the heart of Moscow, only 10 minutes walk from the Kremlin.
The laboratory, named after the famous Russian engineer who worked in the building for more than 20 years, is equipped with a comprehensive range of technology allowing the fabrication of any kind of electronic or physical device or prototype for testing in the city.