[MUID]1 2013-14 THE GROUND FLOOR OF CITIES
The city, with its open spaces, is a theatre for shows and cultural events but also a generator for new forms of space consumption. This allows each of us to ‘build our own neighbourhood,’ to follow a personal script that sets out new itineraries through identity, identities based not so much on shared values as on multiple modes for approaching and consuming physical space. Therefore, these locations need to be able to accommodate multiple purposes that weave different story lines together. Such purposes are often unforeseeable and increasingly depend on short-term outlook for use. However, this does not mean foregoing endowing such spaces with their own character. Rather, it means we must begin to conceive of such urban spaces as ‘crossroads for many purposes’ by dressing them with renewable furnishings that nevertheless lend meaning, explore the depths, and rediscover bygone value. This training enables students to identify the planning context (permanent, temporary or virtual), produce guidelines for transforming public space, build scenarios for urban planning policy, and characterise specific planning solutions.
Phase One: MADRID. Topics will focus on the “container” of the public realm in contemporary cities. The construction of urban space is a complex activity involving the interaction of concepts, methodologies and concrete results that respond to the needs of citizens who programme and use it. Topics are structured in the following categories: Urban Practices, Urban Materiality, Urban Architecture, Urban Consensus, Urban Semantics, Urban Technologies.
Phase Two: MILAN. Topics will focus on the “content” of the public realm in contemporary cities, in the context of the upcoming Salone del Mobile 2014. Workshop topics are of two types. Some involve problematic issues characteristic of contemporary cities: security, diversity, hospitality, and entertainment. Others are, by nature, long-term questions that further develop contents already introduced in Madrid. Topics are structured in the following categories: Urban Events, Urban Settings, Urban Interiors.
Phase Three: INTERNSHIP + FMP. The Internship and the Final Master Project make up the third phase of the program. The internship is to be performed at studios, enterprises, institutions, and government agencies, in an international context. It lasts eight weeks. In the Final Thesis Project students reconsider the work developed during the internship in theoretical terms and in a design framework. Students will be jointly mentored by one faculty member and one professional expert from the organization for which the internship is performed.
Courses are organised as a mosaic of lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops that allow for a myriad of readings and approaches. The construction of urban space is a complex activity involving the interaction of concepts, methodologies and concrete results that respond to the needs of citizens who programme and use it.