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 Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multi-scalar investigation on the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. Each year, international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects that are deeply embedded in diverse local conditions. Because of this, participants have an international laboratory to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in different cities where other teams reside.

This intensive two-week course connects each participant to ongoing research agendas in robotics, simulation, physical computing, parametric design, digital fabrication, and other relevant emerging design methodologies. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the multiscalar implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.


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 11th July
Language English
Tuition Fee The fee varies according to the selected node


Aldo Sollazzo

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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Rodrigo Aguirre

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

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