The Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design “Shukhov Lab” is a research department at the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development. It brings together HSE’s expertise in social and economic studies, Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism academic knowledge in spatial planning, urban zoning, and urban studies, and the practical experience of urban transformations of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona. The Laboratory’s activities aim to foster innovation in urban planning and development that take into account the new economic trends and city practices related to the advanced use of information technology and promote positive change in Moscow and other Russian cities.
This year, the first cohort of the international master’s programme ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ earned their degrees. Among those graduating with honors was architect Anna Budnikova, who invented a unique technology to reinforce karst sinkholes with fungal spores.
This July, St. Petersburg and Moscow hosted Geek Picnic, the popular science festival for lovers of science and cutting-edge technology. This year HSE University became an official partner of the event. Festival guests got to see the recent projects of HSE professors, students, and graduates as well as attend lectures by leading HSE experts.
‘Prototyping future cities’ graduates and fellows of the grant of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan addressed the authorities of Moscow and Tatarstan in Zaryadye park at the Moscow Urban Forum.
Within two weeks 20 students will fabricate a full-scale prototype of an interactive object and present it at the popular science festival Geek Picnic 2019 in Moscow
Anna Budnikova, graduate of the GSU Master’s programme ‘Prototyping future cities’ and finalist of the Biodesign Challenge 2019, will present her project ‘Mycokarst: New Generation of Self-healing Urban Materials Based on Fungal Spores’ in New York.
On June 10 and 11 students of the Master's programme presented their dissertations to the international state examination committee.
Starting February 14, HSE will offer a unique interdisciplinary online project ‘Megacities of the Future’ on Webinar.ru platform. The webinars will run over the course of 13 weeks with one lecture a week. One of the lecturers, Benito Juarez, the founder of the first Fab Lab in South America and the Latin America Fab Lab Network, has told us about the project and has also talked about contemporary trends in architecture, urbanism, and sociology.
Master’s programme in Prototyping Future Cities offered by the HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism was launched in 2017 and has since become quite popular among international students. Students from all over the world come to Moscow to learn how to use technologies to deal with future challenges of urban development. Two of the first-year students have talked to HSE News Service about studying on the programme and the projects they have been working on.