The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), together with the other CiD partners, has been hosting events across Europe and establishing observatories in Barcelona, Hannover, and Genova, as well as at the European level over the last few months.

In November, CiD kicked off the project Venice, hosting a conference at the European Cultural Centre with invited keynote speakers from Diego Zoppi, architect and board member of ACE Architects’ Council of Europe, one of the partners of the Alliance, and from Raffaella Fagnoni, product designer at IUAV University of Venice. The discussion focused on a radical change in all design fields and the power of design to boost bio-innovation and urban transformation towards sustainability.

In December the CiD consortium landed in Hannover for the first workshop where the partners shared their work and discussed the challenges that the students will focus on during the CiD educational programmes. In addition, the CiD Skill It! event was hosted in an old department store in the heart of Hannover, that is about to be torn down. The event led to interesting discussions with students and newly graduates regarding the skills they wished they had learned during their time at university or still hope to learn. CiD partners will meet in Barcelona for the next workshop. Meanwhile, IAAC has initiated the establishment of the Barcelona Observatory, which will consist of industry experts, directors of cultural institutions, administrators, and more. The observatory aims to unite experts interested in or currently involved in the fields of circular design and bioinnovation. To date, IAAC has been gathering information from them regarding pertinent topics and identifying the skill gaps between academia and industry.


If you a professional working on topics related to circular design and bioinnovation and would be interested to be part of the Barcelona Observatory please send an email to: euprojects(@)

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CiD focuses on Bio-based Innovation for the built environment by using bio-materials from other sectors, creating regional circular systems in renewable materials, and installing buildings as bio-machines.