SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

Loading images...

Loading images...
Loading images...
Loading images...

Curricular Emphasis

Curriculum: Future Initiatives provides an integrated curricular focus on urban-scale issues. It is positioned as a center for the discussion of contingent and variable planning strategies and the development of new tools for urban research and design. Combining intensive research into the near-term future of cities with the use of open source design tools, Future Initiatives aims to invent new ways of modeling and testing variable design scenarios.

Program Sequence: Working over three sequenced terms, Future Initiative students develop solution-seeking research and design grounded in the study of the history of urban and regional development methods, city planning and city management tools. In the fall term, the Future Initiatives program begins by introducing students to fundamental planning problems by operating at the scale of the urban parcel. In the spring term, our research and design work quickly jump up in scale to encompass a series of complex issues associated with work within the urban district. Finally, in the summer term, the program investigates the wide variety of issues associated with regional urban planning. By moving from the unique and particular to the global and generic, Future Initiatives students gain expertise in the subject of city making through a comprehensive, nuanced understanding of design at all scales.

Skills and Knowledge Integration: Future Initiative students integrate skills from across SCI-Arc’s programs, including design technologies, cultural studies and hard technology applications. The Future Initiative program is calibrated to incrementally build research skills, urban design expertise and unique strategic thinking about cities and urban regions. The sequencing of context and city-scaled based teaching and intensive workshop-based learning is intended to inculcate understanding of city formation along with mastery of urban research methodologies and design tools.

Final Projects and Research: The program culminates in the production of directed design or research projects in the final semester. Working individually with the Future Initiative program’s core and visiting faculty, students generate deliverables—individually and as part of a group—that form the basis of a dissertation quality research portfolio. It is envisioned that students will be able to apply these experiences as part of an ongoing dialogue.



SCI-Arc's SCIFI is an intensive research-based, post-professional degree program and think tank dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary civic design, city formulation, and urban regulation.



Program Calendar

October 2018
« Mar