Curriculum of the master program "Prototyping cities of the future" in the direction 07.04.04 "Urban planning" is formed in accordance with modern domestic and foreign requirements for training specialists in this field.
The organizational format of the program is a semester system which consists of 5 key areas: Technology, Management, Culture, Information and the City Project.
The program is formed from compulsory disciplines, elective courses, research activities and design modules.
Semester 1/ Things and Spaces
The course will begin with the selection of a space typology which will be fundamental to the project, as students will be able to develop typologically similar but physically different project proposals. Students will work on the scale of an object and interior space in order to create new relationships between space, its limits, the objects it contains, the networks that connect the space with the world and the people who inhabit it.
Semester 2/ Buildings and Streets
The course will begin with the selection of a place in Moscow where students will carry out their projects. Each student must choose a specific space in Moscow for all of his or her projects considering the potential to affect a real street or neighborhood of the city. Students’ projects must include aspects related to the physical tranformation of the city, technologies and information platforms which enable new forms of interaction between citizens and the city. The final presentation will be done with drawings, animations and applications in a form of a collective exhibition. The course will be developped in collaboration with the experts of the Moscow City Government.
Semester 3/ Streens and Communities
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.
Semester 1/ Things
The course will run over 18 weeks in the laboratory setting. Every two weeks a particular aspect of technological fabrication, such as digital manufacturing, electronics or programming, will be explained and practiced. The course will include networking with other international fabrication laboratories, and some of the projects will be developed in collaboration with international groups and team leaders in a remote mode. As a result of the course, students will be able to integrate multiple technologies and information sources in their projects during the Master program.
Semester 2/ Resources
The course will last for 18 weeks during which students will be fully immersed in the laboratory work. Every two weeks a particular aspect of the city metabolism will be studied, including presentations of state-of-the art technology and its impact on city infrastructure. Subsequently, every student will develop a technological project covering one of the city layers (information, water, energy, recycled resources, mobility or environment) and reflecting on how information systems can help develop new formats of urban functioning. Every two weeks students will present the progress of their technological project.
Semester 3/ Communities
Every two weeks a particular aspect of urban public spaces will be discussed with a focus on the analysis of technology and its impact on city development. Subsequently, every student will develop a technological project for public spaces that integrates information systems in order to develop new formats of public spaces. Every two weeks students will present the progress of their technological project. The result of the students’ technological projects will be integrated into their City projects.
Semester 1/ Readings on Cities
During the course each student will read texts from a wide proposition offered to them. Each student will make a written critical analysis of the text and will evaluate the author’s contribution to the urban thought and their influence on the current urban debate. Throughout the course each student will deliver a public presentation of the text and its critical evaluation which will be followed by a debate in the group. This will promote a multi-faceted approach to urban issues and help develop a critical and open view on urban reality.
Semester 2/ History of Urbanism
The first part of the course will be dedicated to the analysis of key points in the urban history and comparison of urban visions from different epocs based on similar parameters. Students will study different models of the urban future which later will be put together in presentations and discussed in debates. Every student will deliver a critical analysis of a certain vision of the urban future taking into account technological, socio-economical and cultural features of the historical period in which they were created. Finally every student will write an essay with a proposal of an urban future, based on their vision and critical analysis of the available information.
Semester 3/ City Protocool
The course will start with the selection of the research topic which then will be investigated in collaboration with a particular urban research centre or platform. Each student will get one city to study, so that the whole research encompasses a variety of cities. The results will be published with the idea to recieve feedback and review the findings if needed in collaboration with research groups from other institutions.
Semester 1/ Recording Sociology
The course will be based on the interaction between a critical vision of the social reality of our environment and the capacity of the audio-visual media to show the urban reality and tell a story. The course will cover both theory (introduction to media theory, photography, visual culture, project thinking) and practice (different exercises to produce audio and visual projects that will be either exhibited or published). For example, first project would be focused on the relationship between the housing and the citizens’ mode of living. The second one will be analysis of a place in the city and the way people use that space. The exercecises will end up with discussions, shared presentations between all students and exibitions. The course will develop skills to use a variety of audiovisual techniques and related software.
Semester 2/ City Big Data
The theoretical part of the course will be dedicated to the introduction of various sources of information related to the functioning of cities. Students will also learn how urban big data can be represented. The practical part of the course will be dedicated to the students’ experiments with urban data obtainable from open sources and social media including data interpretation and visualisation. Students will also be asked to explain how their findings could impact city management and be used in urban development programs.
Semester 3/ Mapping Economy
The course will focus on studying urban economic data from public portals and mastering the instruments of data analysis. Using these instruments and crossing economic data with other types of city data students will be able to create maps and conduct complex urban analysis. The focus on studying externalities will help to better understand the urban economy. The results of student research will be presented on public platforms.
Semester 1/ Legal Regulation of Urban Development
This founding course will enable students to understand the relationship between the laws and regulations and urban projects in order to influence the future development of legal structures that help shape the city. This course is based on the analysis of the laws and regulations that today define the legal system of Moscow and the legal systems of some of the comparable cities. The course will enable students to develop new ordinances that allow the introduction of new technologies or business models that are currently considered non-legal or illegal.
Semester 2/ Impact Analysis
This course will provide students with methods and instruments of impact analysis for urban projects and its implementation into professional activities. By employing these instruments students will be able to evaluate urban desicion-making processes and potential consequences of such desicions. Students will learn how to evaluate social, economic and environmental urban transformations, and juxtapose this evaluation with the initial forecast.
Semester 3/ New Business Models
The first part of the course will be dedicated to the analysis of different models of creating and managing the urban systems, such as private, public, public private partnership, and social management. This analysis will also include the study of business models for managing buildings, urban infrastructure and urban services. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the development of analatical skills, writing analytical texts and public presentations. Finaly each students will have to do research and propose a new business model for existing or new city services based on the “distributed city” principles.