Design for Emergent Futures 2019


SPACE10 is pleased to announce the second edition of the Designing Emergent Futures Scholarship, which will grant one student a fully paid tuition fee for the Master in Design for Emergent Futures at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain.

The Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) is organised by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, in collaboration with Fab Lab Barcelona.

The Master is a one-year experience for students who want to expand their focus interests and acquire the skills necessary for turning protests into prototypes and ideas into actions. Most of all, this programme is for those who are engaged in the mission of disrupting the status quo in society.

The programme is structured in four critical steps: Exploration, Instrumentation, Reflection, and Application. Through these four steps, the Master aims to provide strategic vision and tools for designers, sociologists, economists, and computer scientists to become agents of change in multiple professional environments. The programme’s focus lies in the design of interventions in the form of products, platforms, and deployments that aim to produce new emergent futures.

Students will be encouraged to work at multiple scales (from bits to geography) in order to design and test interventions in the real world. The theoretical and practical content in this programme proposes an exploratory journey to comprehend and critique the role of disruptive technologies—including digital fabrication, the blockchain, synthetic biology, Artificial Intelligence—in the transformation of the established order. At the same time, students will develop a hybrid profile that mixes various sets of skills (technical and human) that will be applied in the implementation of projects.

MDEF in brief

  • Degree: Master in Design for Emergent Futures
  • Where: The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Themes: Digital fabrication, blockchain, synthetic biology, Artificial Intelligence, critical design, speculative design, among others
  • Directors: Tomás Díez, Oscar Tomico
  • Credits: 75 ECTS
  • Duration: Full time from October 2019—June 2020
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Bachelor or higher degree (if you have not yet graduated, but will be graduating before October 2019, you are still eligible to apply).

Explore the programme:

How to apply for a scholarship

Submit your application here.

To apply, you’ll need the following:

  1. A short description of why you wish to attend the Master.
  2. written proposal for an idea that could enable a better, more meaningful and sustainable life for the many people within one of the themes outlined below, and that you would like to develop during the course—written in English, in a PDF format and with a maximum of one A4 page in total. In addition, one image representing the proposal and a video of a maximum of 2 minutes is optional.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Portfolio showing samples of your work (maximum file size 10MB).



Climate Action

Our current models of production and consumption are putting future generations at risk. How can we go from protests to prototypes in order to tackle the global climate crisis?


Ethical Technologies

The development of artificial intelligence, and the roles of other technologies in our lives, are bringing out deep ethical questions around data ownership, algorithmic ethics, life ethics. How can we make better technologies for all?


New Nomads

Humans’ movement in the world is unprecedented. Voluntary and forced migrations are changing cultural landscapes, triggering fundamentalisms, and consuming resources at scale. How should we live in a ever moving society?

Practical information

Application deadline: April 30

The successful applicant will receive a full scholarship grant and be expected to develop and prototype the idea during the course of the Master’s programme at IAAC.

If SPACE10 grants you a scholarship, IAAC will ask you to submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation (from professional or academic referees) – in English, as PDFs, and with the corresponding referee’s contact information.
  2. A copy of your highest academic degree. If you haven’t graduated and your diploma is not available when you apply, you will need to provide a letter (in English or Spanish) from your university confirming that you are currently still studying and indicating when you are due to graduate (please provide the name of your programme and the date of your graduation).
  3. A copy of a valid passport (a copy of a valid ID is sufficient for citizens of member states of the EU). If you hold more than one passport, bear in mind that the one you provide in the application form is the one that IAAC will use for your acceptance letter and therefore the one you will use to apply for your Spanish visa (non-EU students) and NIE (all students).

If you have any questions about the Master, please contact IAAC at [email protected].

If you have any questions about the scholarship application, please contact SPACE10 at [email protected]