IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

GSS – Global Summer School


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.


GSS17 agenda focuses on the applications and implications of new technologies in the dynamic fields of public spaces. Specifically GSS17 will focus on the advancements of technologies of information, interaction and fabrication in the redefinition of public space, as catalyst for achieving resilience and high quality of life.

New modes of interaction among social, environmental and economic agents can be fostered through the redefinition of the Public Space. How do we design and inhabit it? How does it perform? What does it produce?

As part of the GSS17 program, students will define strategies for the applications of Smart Urban Technologies as essentials means for the change, testing the combination of software and hardware which allows real-time data capture, energy generation, storage and reuse, material adaptability, real-time management of time-uses and citizen-space interaction.


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Edition: 10th edition

Admissions: 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

Duration: From 3rd July to 16th July

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fee: 1.500 € for Barcelona’s node / 700€ for the rest of locations