The Master of Advanced Studies in Urban and Territorial Design is a new, one-year, full-time postgraduate programme commencing in autumn 2021. It is taught in English and held at the two Swiss schools, EPFL in Lausanne (autumn) and ETH Zürich (spring). The participants receive a 60 ECTS joint degree, the “MAS ETH EPF UTD.”
Urban and territorial design has acquired a new meaning and urgency. From drivers of progress to the source of planetary hazards, the impacts of cities and wider urbanisation processes are being recast in the public sphere. The critical examination of anthropocentric world views, the proposed politics of a Green New Deal, growing social movements and climate activism are reflected directly in urban and territorial space, highlighting power asymmetries and fuelling the exploration of alternatives. The imminent future of the urban engages social and environmental imaginaries, which now extend beyond-the-city and beyond-the-human. In this context, urban and territorial design serves as a crucial field of synthesis, inspiring and negotiating change in science, practice and governance. The new MAS programme embraces the ecological and socioeconomic transition as a field of critical and imaginative investigation. Engaging with notions of transformation, reuse, regeneration, reparation, and transition of habitats and ecologies, the MAS will deploy the urban and territorial project as the crucial field of knowledge production across scales.
Further details and contact information on the website www.mas-utd.arch.ethz.ch
Applications are open until May 31, 2021