Urban Challenges

"Combines processes of sustainability with design and artistic practice."

The Master's Thesis direction Urban Challenges starts with the intention of establishing a common study platform between the two Master's Programmes MPARC and MPDSD, with the purpose of researching and developing projects on those contemporary challenges that the urban environments face, having implications in social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects. The processes of urbanization affect a diversity of contexts and face all scales of the architectural discipline, from constructive detail to planning. From that point of view in these studies we do not work with predetermined scales, but with all of them. The Urban Challenges line fosters an interdisciplinary perspective, as the only way to solve complex issues. This makes the direction an environment  that encourages the diversity of looks and approaches to bring new answers, also innovative in terms of design.

As an integration of the two master's programmes (MPDSD and MPARC), this thesis direction combines processes of sustainability with design and artistic practice. A Master's Thesis in this direction should understand the specific context of the project and integrate the different parts of the built environment in a cohesive and reflective way. The main common purpose for the theses in this direction is to synthesize the different knowledges of the profession in accordance to the urban context. Why urban? The urban process has a variety of conditions and variables which support the compatibility and cooperation of the disciplines involved. The architectural proposal is seen here as an articulation of this knowledge in a reflective, holistic and artistic way.

This direction intends to have a strong research by design methodology through a continuous iterative process involving all the inquisitive and explorative tools of the profession. Here, the focus methods are chosen to sustain a continuous analytical and critically reflective process through a continuous design development of an innovative, coherent and integrated proposal. The student is asked to formalize all ideas (theory or practice related) through design from the very beginning of the thesis process. Empirical and speculative ways of exploring theoretical concepts through design.

Supervisor: Dag Tvilde / architect, researcher
Examinor, Supervisor: Emilio Da Cruz Brandao / architect, artistic teacher
Examinor, Supervisor: Joaquim Tarraso / architect, artistic senior lecturer
Supervisor: Nils Björling / architect, senior lecturer

Published: Mon 15 Jan 2018.