Brief description of the course:
The course will begin with the selection of a place in Moscow where students can perform their projects. Each student must choose a specific topic that will unite all projects made during the program. The project must propose an improvement of an existing city street or neighborhood. Students should carry out projects that reflect on various layers of a public space, especially mobility systems, nature and social interaction.
The aim of this course is to train students in the design of an urban public space, focusing on the use of technology as a fundamental tool in the formation of social communities at the scale of neighborhood and the entire city. The course consists of a project of a public space and research of urban phenomena which take place there: mobility in all its forms and social interaction in the streets, squares and parks. The project will also incorporate research of such environmental impact as air quality, noise pollution or weather conditions — the intangible elements that determine the quality of urban space. Students will aim to develop systemic proposals that have the potential to improve city neighborhoods and can be replicated.