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The programme will focus on the issues of urban planning and management using new city models and technologies. It will be led by international and Russian scholars and experts who are forming the current agenda for smart city development in Russia and worldwide.

The key principle of the programme is learning by doing. The programme will take place in a laboratory-type environment where students will try new technology, prepare prototypes, investigate and analyse the city through data, and develop projects that come as a relevant response to complex problems that affect modern cities.

The programme invites architects, designers, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and graduates interested in the management of cities and technologies. The skills acquired during the programme will provide the graduates with a variety of career opportunities in large technological companies, city administrations or their own innovative businesses.

2 years
Full-time Programme
450 000 RUB/year
Tuition Fee in 2018
Russian government and HSE scholarships and tuition fee waivers not applicable
Instruction in English
Vicente Guallart, Head of the HSE Master’s Programme 'Prototyping Future Cities'

Important announcements


2017 ‘Cities for a Flying World’ International Contest Winners Announced

HSE Graduate School of Urbanism has announced the results of the first international contest ‘Cities For a Flying World’.

The Student Initiative Winter Competition Has Begun!

Every quarter at HSE, we hold a competition to support student initiatives. Projects that foster university development, as well as projects that have benefits for wider society, are recognized and awarded financial and organizational assistance.

Students of ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ Master Programme are finalists of Hackathon 2025 in Skolkovo Technopark!

Altynai Nogobaeva, Dmitry Mamaev and Michael Omona, students of the Master Programme ‘Prototyping Future cities’, presented their project ‘AgreeCulture’ in the Ecology section during Hackathon 2025 in Skolkovo Technopark.

Students from Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) visited Shukhov Lab

Students from Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and HSE Graduate School of Urbanism met at Shukhov Lab

We Are Prototyping Future Cities: 16 Faces of New Master Program

This September HSE Graduate School of Urbanism has launched an international master program ‘Prototyping Future Cities’. The programme is focused on the use of new city models and emerging technologies in urban planning and management.

International Master Programme "City and Technology: Prototyping Future Cities" has started

On 8th September there was the first meeting of the students and professors of the international Master Programme "City and Technology: Prototyping Future Cities"

GSU announces two scholarships to participate in IAAC Global Summer School Moscow that will take place in Shukhov Lab from 3 to 16 July

As part of the promotion campaign of GSU new master’s programme ‘City and Technologies: Prototyping Future Cities, we are happy to announce two scholarships to participate in IAAC Global Summer School Moscow that will take place in Shukhov Lab from 3 to 16 July.

Apply now for "City and Technlogy: Prototyping future cities"

The Graduate School of Urbanism of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Moscow) is starting the application campaign for the international master program 'City and technologies: Prototyping future cities'. More info http://prototypingfuturecities.org/

Vicente Guallart "Beyond a monocity"

Lecture by academic director of the master programme "Prototying future cities: City and Technologies".

Cities of the Future Must be Sought in the Present

Shukhov Lab, a Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design, has opened at HSE. Participants in a roundtable discussion dedicated to the laboratory’s opening agreed that to create the cities of the future, the present must be analyzed without adjusting to the forecasts.