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 emerging territories within today’s rapidly-urbanizing 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 exactly through a mastery of those things within its bounds.

 

01: About the program

 

The MAS in Urban Design is a one-year postgraduate master’s 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—at a speed seemingly beyond the control of planning—the pace of urbanization has rendered nearly impossible the formal absorption of populations. Despite all efforts to provide low-cost housing through formal markets, some third of the world’s total urban population lives in inadequate conditions. In this vacuum, self-organization and autoconstruction have proven efficient coping strategies for low-income households. The MAS program focuses on these areas as a dominant way of making the city today, redefining the role of the design professional while seeking new territories for design to engage.

 

The MAS program seeks design professionals interested in the investigation and development of tools for use in regions largely beyond the control of planning. 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 excursion costs)

 

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

 


 

02: Design and Research Laboratory

 

The MAS Urban Design program investigates developments in Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo, and Brasília, Brazil – an exemplary context for the study integrating informal settlements into official urban fabric. In addition to the studio forming the central component of the course, fieldwork, a theory seminar, workshops with municipal actors, 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.

 

 

Design and research

 

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

 

 

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 School of Architecture at ETH Zürich. 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

Delegate

 

Elena Schütz

Director of Studies, MAS Urban Design
elena.schuetz@arch.ethz.ch 


Dr. Rainer Hehl

MAS Urban Design

hehl@arch.ethz.ch


Leonard Streich

MAS Urban Design

leonard.streich@arch.ethz.ch

 

Julian Schubert
MAS Urban Design

julian.schubert@arch.ethz.ch

 

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

malterre@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

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

Dr. Rainer Hehl
ETH Zurich Hönggerberg 
Institute for Urban Design 
Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil 
ONA J25
8093 Zurich 
Tel +41 44 633 38 28 
Fax +41 44 633 11 83

 

 

 

04: Additional material

 

The examples shown, produced during the 2010–2011 program year, are indicative of the content, production, and method of the MAS UD studio.

 

 

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

 

 

NSL - Netzwerk Stad und Landschaft

 

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