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SCI-Arc Launches EDGE, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture

By sciarcnews
Nov 10, '15 7:35 PM EST

SCI-Arc EDGE Will Serve as Platform for New Programs Leading to M.S. and M.A. Degrees

Los Angeles, CA (November 10, 2015) ­– SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso today announced the launch of SCI-Arc EDGE, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture. Beginning in fall 2016, the new center will offer four graduate degree programs in fields including architectural technologies, fiction and entertainment, design of cities, and design theory and pedagogy, along with two fellowships in synthetic landscapes.

SCI-Arc EDGE is intended to serve as a platform for multiple postgraduate programs following the think-tank model—with programs intended to crossbreed and inform each other and provide a space where new conversations take place.

Two of the four postgraduate programs offered are built on the success of a couple of existing SCI-Arc programs that will be incorporated into the new SCI-Arc EDGE, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture. These include the Master of Science in Architectural Technologies led by Marcelo Spina, a program driven by a consideration of technology’s relationship to architecture, and the Master of Science in the Design of Cities led by Peter Trummer, which tackles the complexities of urban design with an emphasis on contemporary urban phenomena that is yet to be theorized. The two new postgraduate programs offered by SCI-Arc EDGE include a Master of Arts in Fiction and Entertainment led by Liam Young that will explore the production of fiction and entertainment in contemporary culture, and a Master of Science in Design Theory and Pedagogy led by visiting faculty David Ruy, designed as a platform for training the next generation of studio instructors. SCI-Arc Edge will also offer two fellowships in Synthetic Landscapes, with design faculty Marcelyn Gow and Margaret Griffin serving as advisors. The selected fellows will be tasked with exploring the design and theory of synthetic landscapes and the strange interactions between machinic and natural organizations that mark emerging landscapes.