Master in City & Technology 2020/21 – All Terms
Theory of Cities Masterclass
Curated by: Dr. Mathilde Marengo

MaCT 2019/20, The Green Dip, Faculty: Winy Maas, Javier Arpa, Adrien Ravon, Lex te Loo; Students: Kushal Saraiya, Elijah Munn, Andrew Saltzman, Alejandro Quinto Ferrández, Linara Salikhova, Rovianne Santiago, Jianne Libunao, Rashid Gilfanov, Jochen Morandell, Byron Esteban Cadena Campos, Akshay Marsute, Pawitra Bureerak, Michelle Carolina Rodríguez Ruiz, Aryo Dhaneswara.

The Master in City & Technology prepares the new professionals and urban technologists for the creation of applied visions and solutions that have the power to fuel the progress of urban environments for many generations.

The Theory of Cities course aims to give the MaCT students access to the front runners of this multidisciplinary field, who, through a master class format, share the challenges and learnings of their professional engagements in real case applications. Theory of Cities is therefore a platform where the students have direct contact with professionals from diverse areas of expertise, furthering their formation and knowledge towards their own personal development as multidisciplinary change makers.

The course is furthermore oriented towards the development of students’ critical thinking capacities, engaging the students in a series of round table debates, questioning diverse approaches and possible outcomes, as well as the development of conclusive papers, buildings towards propositive and innovative visions for practice in our urban environments, along the three central topics of the Master Program: Internet of Cities, Internet of Buildings and Internet of People.

MaCT 2019/20, Internet of Cities, Knowledge of Antarctica, Faculties: Mathilde Marengo, Edouard Cabay, Students: Jianne Libunao, Rovianne Santiago, Christian Lyle La Madrid


The Course is developed in a transversal manner, throughout the entire Master program, following the main topic of each term: Term 1 – Internet of Cities, Term 2 – Internet of People, Term 3 – Internet of Buildings.

The course curator will give an introductory session to the course, followed by a content-oriented analysis of research methodology applied to the topics of city and technology-oriented to opening the critical thought-path of the students attending.

Each Term students will attend Master Classes, as well as the Responsive Cities Symposium, all part of the content of the course and therefore obligatory events


Dr. Mathilde Marengo is an Australian – French – Italian Architect, with a PhD in Urbanism, whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its implications on the future of our planet. Within today’s critical environmental, social and economic framework, she investigates the responsibility of designers in answering these challenges through circular and metabolic design.

She is Head of Studies, Faculty and PhD Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia’s Advanced Architecture Group (AAG), an interdisciplinary research group investigating emerging technologies of information, interaction and manufacturing for the design and transformation of the cities, buildings and public spaces. Within this context, Mathilde researches, designs and experiments with innovative educational formats based on holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design approaches, oriented towards materialization, within the AAG agenda of redefining the paradigm of design education in the Information and Experience Age.

Her investigation is also actuated through her role in several National and EU funded research projects, among these Innochain, Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism, BUILD Solutions, Active Public Space, Creative Food Cycles, and more. Her work has been published internationally, as well as exhibited, among others: Venice Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Design Week, MAXXI Rome.