MASTER OF ADVANCED STUDIES IN URBAN DESIGN

 

The Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design ETH is a research and design
laboratory for testing new models for the pro-active development of urban
territories of a globalized world.

 

As the making of the city is increasingly fractured by competing interests,
the development of new modes of urban production becomes a prerequisite
for considered action.

 

The MAS in Urban Design produces a new generation of design professionals
—one equipped to deal with topics beyond the discipline.

 

 

01: About the program

 

 

The MAS in Urban Design is a one-year postgraduate master program in research
and design. Study is structured around an investigation of urban conditions as they
pertain to global phenomena and the development of practical tools for operating
within such domains. As global economics rapidly reshape urban conditions and
population movements caused by economical, ecological, or political crisis are
increasing —at a speed seemingly beyond the control of planning— the pace of
urbanization has rendered nearly impossible the provision of habitation in formal
manners. The MAS program aims to link social, economic and ecological circumstances
to create new, resilient ways of shaping urban territories. The MAS works with strategies
as much as with tactics to redefine the role of the architect and planner in the making
of the city today and to find new territories for design to engage.

 

The MAS program seeks design professionals interested in the investigation and
development of tools for use in complex conditions. A culture of inquiry within the
studio encourages the development of strong outlooks on the development of urban
scenarios. Emphasis is put on method, incremental design, and tools of communication
with the aim of preparing participants for interdisciplinary work within design offices,
academic teams, or municipal agencies.

 

 

Title:
 Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design (MAS ETH UD).

 

Start: 
Each fall semester

 

Duration: 12 months

 

Language of instruction: English

 

Tuition: 15.000 CHF (including costs of excursion)

 

Application: Jan. 1–April 30, yearly
(late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis)

 

 

02: Design and Research Laboratory

 

After 3 cycles of investigation in Ethiopia, Brazil and Egypt – this year’s program is focusing
on another exemplary context for the design and research of urban development in a
globalized world: Europe.

 

In addition to the studio forming the central component of the course, fieldwork, a theory
seminar, workshops with municipal actors and experts, and the production of a publication
provide a wide introduction to the multiple facets of contemporary urban design. These core
classes provide the requisite number of credits (600 hours, 65 ECTS credits) necessary for
graduation.

 

The studio that forms the main component of the course, divided into two semesters, takes
a site as the foundation for both research and design proposals. Engagement with communities,
urban actors, and municipal planning authorities in the location provides insight into the
possibilities and challenges of urban design within a culture of dispersed and opposing agendas
and decision-making power.

 

Within this framework, the MAS program is in this cycle focusing on the effects of globalization
and inclusivity on the various territories in Europe: Increasing mobility of financial and natural
resources, commodities and people.

 

 

Thematic Focus

 

Inclusive Urbanism for an inclusive World

 

Inclusive World

Within the last years, phenomena that have been found mostly in the context of the global south,
appear increasingly within what we call the global north. Crisis like political conflicts, bankruptcy
of cities and countries, and extreme environmental conditions have led to fundamental social and
economic consequences that appear especially drastic within urban and semi-urban territories.
Economic models that divide the world in south and north, first, second and third can no longer
rely on an ordered value chain of guaranteed revenue.

 

Social Inclusivity

Social inclusivity is of growing interest in the context of globalization and growing mobility of
people. The globally increasing number of refugees is only the tip of an evolution towards increasing
population movements. Countries, cities and neighborhoods that have inclusive qualities, that are
able to offer opportunities to those who arrive, and thus profit from their abilities and goals, can
benefit from this development and help prevent social frictions and economic inequality.

 

Functional Inclusivity

Functional Inclusivity of neighborhoods and cities is a key incite to solve both local and global
challenges on the scale of urban territories. The inclusion of functions that have been separated
and subtracted from the urban territory since the beginning industrialization of the last centuries,
triggers and accelerates development towards more sustainable ways of production and refinement,
and reliefs the challenges of transport of people and goods.

 

 

 

Fieldwork

 

An excursion related to studio research is conducted midway through the program’s first semester.
On-site research for the studio project, visits to other relevant areas, and meetings with municipal
and community organizations provide sufficient understanding of the context in which studio
production will operate.

 

Urban Mutations on the Edge – seminar and public lecture series

 

The UME seminar is a series of weekly lectures by invited guests on topics in urban research and
phenomena in territories that are beyond the traditional realm of architectural discourse. The objective
here is a comprehensive understanding of urban research’s nature and capacities. Participants will
leave the course with both an understanding of current urban research issues and the tools to conduct
such research themselves.

 

Within the framework of this seminar, MAS participants are asked to produce two publication-quality
essays related to their production within the studio. The production of the papers refines academic
writing skills and familiarizes participants with research methods. In the past, the papers produced
have been published both alongside the studio work and in independent architectural journals.

 

 

 

Facilities

 

The MAS UD is a postgraduate program within the Departement of Architecture at ETH Zurich. The full
facilities of the faculty—including dedicated studio space, model-making workrooms, digital fabrication labs,
and printing facilities—are at the disposal of MAS program participants.

 

 

People

 

Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil

 

 

For questions, please email:

 

Elena Schütz

Director of Studies

MAS Urban Design

elena.schuetz@arch.ethz.ch

 

Leonard Streich

Director of Studies

MAS Urban Design

leonard.streich@arch.ethz.ch

 

Julian Schubert

Director of Studies

MAS Urban Design

julian.schubert@arch.ethz.ch

 

Guillaume Dopchie

Teaching Assistant

guillaume.dopchie.architect@gmail.com

 

Sascha Delz

Urban Mutations on the Edge Seminar

delz@arch.ethz.ch

 

 

 

03: Admission requirements and application process

 

The MAS program is well suited to participants with a strong interest in design and emerging urban
conditions. Admission is open to individuals who have earned a five-year professional degree
(Arch ETH, master’s degree, or equivalent) in architecture or a related field from an accredited institution.

 

The application includes the submission of the application form, letter of intent, project portfolio
(print-out only), letter of recommendation.

 

Candidates must provide evidence of their creativity and design talent by means of a project portfolio.
The selection should include academic and professional design work edited to convey the personal outlook
of the applicant. It should be bound into a format no larger than A3 size. Applicants are asked not to send
digital portfolios or loose sheets. Portfolios should be sent directly to the chair. The chair will keep the
portfolios of matriculating students. If you would like your portfolio returned to you, please include a
self-addressed stamped envelope with the submission.

 

 

Address for portfolio submission:

 

Prof. Marc Angélil

c/o E. Schütz

MAS Urban Design

ETH Zürich Hönggerberg

ONA J25

8093 Zürich

 

 

Additional information and the application form can be found at the website of the Center for Continuing Education:

http://www.zfw.ethz.ch/application/admission/index_EN

 

The deputy rector for further education and doctoral studies at the ETH Zürich will determine whether a
candidate meets formal requirements and the directors of the MAS Urban Design will then determine
admission to the program. For a complete list of what is required for admission, please refer to the
website of the chair: 

http://angelil.arch.ethz.ch/

 

ETH Zurich

Centre for Continuing Education

HG E18.1

Rämistr. 101

8092 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 632 56 59

info@zfw.ethz.ch

 

 

MAS Urban Design ETH

Elena Schütz

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg 

Institute for Urban Design 

Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil 

ONA J25

8093 Zurich 

Tel +41 44 633 38 22

Fax +41 44 633 11 83

 

if FEDEX please send to

 

Elena Schütz

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg 

Institute for Urban Design 

Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil 

ONA

c/o

DARCH- HIL

Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5

8093 Zürich Hönggerberg

Switzerland

 

 

04: Additional material

 

The examples shown, produced in previous years, are indicative of the content, production, and method
of the MAS UD studio.

 

Exhibit in the Bi-City Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism 2015-2016, Shenzhen (PRC)

ETH- Future Blog

Cairo Observer

 

Exhibit in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (Egyptian Pavilion), Venice (Italy)

 

Various works

Building Brazil!

 

Building Brazil! is a comprehensive publication of the studio design and research work conducted
within the 2010–2011 MAS UD studio on informal areas in Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo. The book
was edited by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl, in collaboration with Something Fantastic, and was
released in October 2011 by Ruby Press.

 

www.ruby-press.com/books/building-brazil

 

Urban mining

 

The concept of urban mining was developed during the 2010–2011 studio production with input from
the municipality of São Paolo. In 2011, it was featured in the exhibition “Design for the Other 90%”
organized by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York.

 

www.designother90.org/cities/solutions/urban-mining

 

A book is available containing the works produced during precedent studios focusing on Egypt:

 

HOUSING CAIRO

The Informal Response

 

http://ruby-press.com/shop/housing-cairo/

 

A second publication is going to be published by the end of 2016

 

A book trilogy is available containing works produced during precedent studios focusing on Brazil:

 

MINHA CASA – NOSSA CIDADE

Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil

 

CIDADE DE DEUS! CITY OF GOD!

Working with informalized mass housing in Brazil.

 

BUILDING BRAZIL

The Proactive Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements 2011

NSL - Netzwerk Stad und Landschaft

 

http://www.nsl.ethz.ch/