The programme aims to interrogate the agency of architectural design in the production of the whole material ensemble that supports and organises life on the planet. It positions architecture in a dialectical relationship with multiscalar processes of urbanisation and globalisation. The two-year programme leads to a Master in Architecture from the University of Luxembourg.
The Master in Architecture, European Urbanisation and Globalisation is aware of the fact that the world is becoming more and more urbanised and that this condition is not always a consciously planned phenomenon but something that needs to be analysed and shaped within its changing dynamics. The programme does not see architecture as a static discipline, but as a profession within which a multitude of interrelated actors constantly have to adapt to the shifting, multiscalar contexts, within which they operate, may they be demographic, political, social, environmental, cultural or technological. Design goes hand in hand with research, and the principle of the master programme highlights the dialectical relationship between “design by research” and “research by design”.
The primary focus of the program is Architectural Design, as a creative discipline and major agent in the production of space, including its technical, constructive, social, political and artistic aspects. Architecture stands not just for the design of buildings, but also for urban and regional design and planning.
Crucial then to this expanded understanding of Architecture, is the second focus point on European Urbanisation. Without suggesting a territorial limitation, the Master in Architecture focuses on architecture and urbanism within a specific European tradition, which is characterized, among others, by a certain relationship between historical substance and new interventions, as well as an intense relationship with communal and regional policies, administrative regimes, public housing, public spaces, urban planning and design. Still, within the European Union, many different national and regional traditions coexist, and several different landscapes of urbanisation pose different challenges. But above all, these landscapes and practices cannot be interpreted in isolation, not only from each other, but also from rest of the world.
Thus, the third focus point of the program is Globalisation. Global developments have an increasing impact on the shaping of cities and regions, but also on the practice of architecture. The continuous restructuring of an increasingly integrated world economy, and the associated reconfiguration of social and spatial divisions of labour, positions architecture within the broader process of the production of active forms of territorial organiszation. As migratory shifts and processes of creative destruction of the built environment become more and more central to the conditions of social production and reproduction, architecture is highlighted as a potential catalyst between geopolitical, social economic and ecological and above all political tensions across scales.
The Master in Architecture is dedicated to:
- Teaching architectural and urban design at different scales in a European context, with an emphasis on the strategic aspects of design.
- Doing architectural and urban research with architectural means (plans, sections, elevations, diagrams, perspectives), in particular on European urbanisation.
- Exploring the impact of globalisation on cities and regions, as well as on comparative analysis on typologies in architecture and urbanisation worldwide.