MAS ETH EPF in Urban and Territorial Design (MAS ETH UTD)
|Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ|
|Location||Zürich, Zurich region, Switzerland|
The MAS Programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification or may lead to a change of profession. They correspond to at least 60 ECTS credits, require a Master’s thesis or project work and generally last between one year full-time and two years part-time.
Master of Advanced Studies
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Environment, Infrastructure & Architecture
The new MAS offers innovative urban and territorial design education at ETH Zürich and EPFL addressing sustainability challenges within cities and across wider landscapes and territories.
The programme embraces the ecological and socio-economic transition as a field of critical and imaginative investigation. Engaging with notions of transformation, reuse, regeneration, reparation, and transition of habitats and ecologies, students will deploy the urban and territorial project as the crucial field of knowledge production across scales. Design is explored as a tool for synthesis in an expanded environment of transdisciplinary exchange.
The programme’s aim is to raise participant’s awareness and capacity to deal with radical scenarios of social and environmental change under planetary urbanisation. The MAS will serve as a laboratory and a forum where participants develop design skills for shaping resilient urban territories and propose concrete agendas, design strategies and governance models. Both Swiss and international case studies will be investigated with intensive, ethnographic explorations and in situ workshops.
Integrated research and design training develops participants conceptual, analytical and communication skills. Participants are prepared for interdisciplinary, site-specific work at all urban-territorial scales and engagement with communities, local actors, NGOs and governance bodies. This responds to professional perspectives offered by design offices and public authorities, but also to international career opportunities in academic work or within institutions such as UN Habitat.
The programme entails two analogously structured semesters at EPFL and ETH Zürich, articulated around a Core Design and Research Studio integrating fieldwork and representation disciplines. Interdisciplinary Courses will underpin the studio work, together with a set of Urban Theory Sessions.
A continuation of the highly successful MAS in Urban Design directed by Prof. Marc Angélil, which addressed urban design in a globalised world, the new MAS is embedded within the broader context of ETH’s LUS Institute, the FCL Global project New Urban Agendas and EPFL’s Habitat Research Center. It initiates a hallmark collaboration between ETH Zürich and EPFL assuring an outstanding environment of expertise and teaching resources. The curriculum brings together urban studies, postcolonial thought and the Anthropocene, and offers a deeper understanding of cultural and ecological dimensions of territories, urban and landscape ecology, sustainable construction, and low carbon mobility.
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Master of Advanced Studies with the title ’MAS ETH EPF in Urban and Territorial Design’ (MAS ETH EPF UTD)
60 ECTS credits
Target group and requirements
The programme is addressed to national and international architects and other professionals in the spheres of both built and unbuilt environments with prior master’s degrees who intend to strengthen their research and design competences in Swiss/European as well as international contexts.
An ETH master-equivalent degree in architecture, urbanism/planning, landscape architecture, architecture-engineering, civil and environmental engineering, or city management.
Required language skills
English: C1 - Show proficiency scales
Time and place
Every Autumn Semester
1 year full-time; 900 hours of contact
01.04.-31.05. (later applications cannot be accepted)
EPFL (Autumn Semester) and ETH Zurich (Spring Semester)
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