In Brief

Central Saint Martins launches MA Cities course

London

26 May 2020

“Coupled with the climate emergency, COVID-19 has surfaced what we already knew but could not face: our lifestyles are unsustainable; our cities and the spaces we inhabit urgently need to change. We cannot go back to the way things were before.”

With this quote from architect Alex Warnock-Smith, Central Saint Martins announced a new postgraduate course titled MA Cities. Part of the school's Spatial Practices programme, of which Warnock-Smith is the acting programme leader, the two-year course is intended to “explore creative approaches to city-making.”

The new course will launch in January 2021 and is intended to interrogate urbanism, taught through cooperation with “local governments, regeneration agencies, creative and spatial practitioners in London and internationally.”

Warnock-Smith said: “We are living in a period of immense uncertainty and apprehension, but also one of potential transformation. MA Cities is positioned at a key point in the future of city-making when there is urgent need for critical enquiry and creative experimentation to drive future change.”

Mel Dodd, the school's associate dean and co-creator of MA Cities, said: “In the current context of cities and COVID-19, it’s so important that we embrace a more permeable relationship with society. We must embed our actions in live situations and focus on challenges with partners and stakeholders in the city around us.”

The course is available for part-time study (up to five years). The school says that it is suited to architects “keen to upskill and approach the complexities of the city creatively”; planners; artists; and professionals from urban design, urban policy and research backgrounds.