MS in Prototyping Future Cities

Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism HSE

Master's degree
01.09.2019 - 30.06.2021

About the Programme

What will be the city of the future? Which skills will be required of professionals to build a smart city? How to operate at the intersection of technology innovation, urban design, business models, strategy and society? The international Master’s programme ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ gives the integrated education with a multidisciplinary approach in relation to the urban project, any type of technology, and urban studies that allow to have a holistic approach to the expansion and regeneration of cities. It is intended to create a new type of professional that can develop any kind of project in order to lead urban transformation. The programme is led by international experts and Russian scholars who form the agenda for smart city development and teach you to understand the city at all of its scales and solve urban problems using technology. The research and project agenda of the international Master’s programme ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ is developing within 5 key educational layers: City Project, Technology, Information, Management and Culture. The programme consists of compulsory disciplines, research activities, international workshops and internships. It focuses on digital fabrication, big data, internet of things (IoT), urban design, social innovations and smart urban technologies. The programme focuses on the different scales of urban reality – objects, buildings and a city as a whole. Curriculum is formed in accordance with the modern requirements for training specialists in smart city development. International field trips are part of studies where innovators have an opportunity to learn about the most recent research and projects in smart city development, new technologies and self-sufficient building from the leading world experts. 2018 – ‘Self-sufficient city’ workshop, Barcelona 2019 – ‘Self-Sufficient Housing’ workshop, Copenhagen The Master’s programme ‘Prototyping future cities’ takes place in Shukhov Lab at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Shukhov Lab is one of the FAB LAB global network laboratories for experimental urban design. Fabrication of emerging prototypes is a key feature of the Master’s programme. In Shukhov Lab students have full-time access to the technological resources such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines etc. Here innovators bring into life the most adventurous and boldest architectural and design ideas and work closely with the leading experts on a daily basis.

About Us

Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics.


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