Geofutures endeavors to convert crisis into opportunity by harnessing both the pressures of a planet at risk and the promise of emerging environmental technologies to generate a broad spectrum of possible, if not probable, urban and architectural futures for the 21st century.
Premised on the belief that the challenges of the contemporary city are far too complex for any one discipline to manage on its own, Geofutures brings together architects, landscape architects, and technologists to address a wide range of interdisciplinary issues.
The program places a strong emphasis on theoretical speculation and design experimentation. In this respect, Geofutures situates itself within a rich history of urban futurism particular to the discipline of architecture, including such visionary proposals as Antonio Sant’Elia’s La Citta Nuova (1914), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1932), and Kenzo Tange’s Plan for Tokyo (1960). As such, the program challenges students to mine the daring and often prophetic urban visions of previous generations as a general means of speculating on the future of the city in the 21st century.
The objective of the program is to provide outstanding young professionals who hold a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree the opportunity to enter into an intensive, post-professional course of study that encourages both critical awareness and technological proficiency in the context of design experimentation.
The program is two semesters long with consecutive fall and spring terms providing a 30-credit curriculum that integrates design studios, history/theory seminars, software and fabrication courses, and a colloquium of guest lecturers from a wide range of design disciplines.
Competitive, merit-based scholarships are available to qualified M.Arch.II applicants. The GRE is not required as part of the application for admission.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.
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