With the current global crisis and urban growth rates, we are facing growing challenges to reshape our ecosystems, in order to improve resilience and introduce advanced solutions while still respecting our natural resources. The GSS Global Agenda focuses on the impact of novel technologies in addressing these contemporary challenges within our built environment and living habitats.

How can new technologies enhance the way we design and inhabit our environments?
How will these new habitats perform? What resources will they produce?

GSS20 will explore the advancements of innovative technologies of design, fabrication, and planning, redefining our ecosystems, citizens environments and natural habitats. Specifically, the GSS global agenda will be developed through three main approaches:

material computation
advanced construction
performative urban habitats

Each topic will be tackled locally by the different Nodes of the program network thereby establishing an interconnected global network of customised research enhanced through knowledge exchange.

As part of the GSS20 program, students will define new strategies for the application of data-driven design solutions, introducing data analytics, advanced construction protocols, or material computation as essential means for the change. In this new paradigm of digital and physical frontiers, students will explore and experiment with the combination of software and hardware technologies towards real-time data capture, energy generation, storage, and reuse, material adaptability, public space management, and citizen interaction.


The GSS is presenting a unique online experience interconnecting its extraordinary network of faculty, industry collaborators, nodes and laboratories in the biggest online educational summer course ever done before. Since the very first editions we have been digitally connected, meeting, sharing, learning together in an incredible global environment of innovators and educators.

For the 2020 edition we decided to present a novel, flexible model, enriching our digital routes within a new format. The GSS20 will offer 4 online courses exploring at different scales the impact of novel tools in the definition of a new Advanced Architecture.

This new program will be a celebration of alternative models and future education dealing with the challenges of the new world transforming our cities, architecture and technology.

Each student can now trace a personal path in this dynamic format, picking single modules or enrolling for the entire program. Every module will be run by IAAC faculties, allowing students to interact, work together, develop projects, participate in Global Lectures and meet our international experts and guests.

Join the biggest educational summer program ever done before!


Admisions Bachelor degree diploma, students currently following a bachelor degree on Design, Arts, Architecture or Engineering will be also accepted. Another profile can be admitted after checking the portfolio
Edition 13th edition
Duration From 29th June to 24th July
Language English
Tuition Fee The fee varies according to the number of workshops selected
IAAC Faculty

MRAC Director / GSS Director / MAA & CIEE Senior Faculty / Computational Expert / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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MRAC Coordinator / IAAC Global Summer School Coordinator

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IAAC Faculty

MAA, MaCAD, CIEE, GSS Senior Faculty / Computational Advisor / MaCT Seminar Faculty

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