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Our centre participates in national and international events in the fields of higher education, architecture, technology and the potential of robotics in the construction sector. In recent years IAAC has collaborated as a participant but also as a sponsor in different events that aim to situate Barcelona as a pioneer city in the field of urban spaces and intelligent habitats.

FINAL PRESENTATIONS + EXHIBITIONS + GRADUATION CEREMONY & PARTY

Join IAAC at the Celebrations for the End of 2018/2019 Academic Year Several appointments will fill up the two weeks from Monday 17th until Friday 28th of June. Three locations, in the Poblenou neighbourhood and in the Collserola Park, will host presentations, exhibitions and ceremonies. You are all invited to join us for this celebration of advanced…

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MAA02 Student at the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier

The Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier investigates new ways of reflecting on the physics of architecture, its design and materialization. The Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA) Second Year Student Nikol Kirova was selected to be part of its second edition, which took place last November in Madrid, under the mentorship of Fabio Gramazio, Co-Founder Gramazio Kohler Research.

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MDEF Students Join the Citizen Science Revolution

Last week, the Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) students could celebrate with the Fab Lab Barcelona the launch of the latest generation of the Smart Citizen Kit. Started in 2012, Smart Citizen develops tools for citizen action in environmental monitoring, community engagement and co-creation. Data is critical to inform political participation at all levels; the new Kit includes sensors such as…

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Robotic Fabrication & Material Innovation: MRAC Students Meet Fabio Gramazio

Fabio Gramazio, one of the seven members of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) Scientific Committee, joined this week a debate session and lecture at IAAC about the future of the Construction Industry. Robotic Fabrication and Material Innovation were the main ingredients of the award-winning designs presented, ranging from 1:1 prototype installations to robotically fabricated high-rises.

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Internet of Buildings: MaCT Students Explore the Future of Barcelona

What is the Internet of Buildings to you? The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) researchers explored the future of Barcelona by defining new methodologies of designing buildings in the digital era. During the studio, students have been asked to create their own visions of the Internet of Buildings, as well as visualizing on an interactive physical model the inherent benefits…

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Winy Maas and the Why Factory Back at IAAC for the MaCT Green Dip Seminar

Led by The Why Factory and MVRDV co-founding director Winy Maas, the students of the Master in City & Technology  explored greening solutions for cities, approaching the greening controversy by looking at the planet as a whole. Seven worldwide cities, covering a vast array of world climates, have been selected and analysed by looking at the density, climatic conditions and more specifically, at the native flora in those regions. What…

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Digital Innovation, Smart Cities and Fast Growth: MDEF Students Visit Shenzhen

The Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) students are about to discover one of the most vibrant cities in terms of digital innovation, smart cities and fast growth: Shenzhen. The Research Trip will allow them to learn from local ecosystems, connect with new cultures around making and innovating, expanding the perspective of what it means to Design…

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MAA Students Present Their Works at the Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion

Last Thursday 13th of December the IAAC Advanced Architecture Group and the Fundació Mies Van Der Rohe organised an open presentation around the topic of Advanced Architecture hosted by the Mies Van Der Rohe pavilion. In the framework of the research developed at the Introductory Studios of the Master in Advanced Architecture, the selected students’ works presented redefined urban space and architectural design…

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Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion: Next Venue for MAA Final Presentations

Next December 13, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Fundació Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion organise an open to the public presentation featuring Advanced Architecture's student's projects. Through the academic and students research developed at Master in Advanced Architecture of IAAC, the experimental work redefines urban space and architectural design through the use of…

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Data Scientist at the Advanced Architecture Group – IAAC is Hiring!

THE INSTITUTE The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC is an international centre for Education, Fabrication, and Research dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st-century habitability. Based in the [email protected] district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a…

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Ecological Architecture Roundtable in Beijing: A Dialogue Between Vicente Guallart & Yu Kongjian

"Ecological Architecture" roundtable establishes a dialogue between Vicente Guallart and Yu Kongjian on how ecologies meet urban landscapes and help to transform architecture towards a sustainable approach On Friday 23rd Novemberber at 6:30 pm the Cervantes Institute in Beijing is hosting a new talk under the framework of the Urban Ecologies exhibition counting on the presence of IAAC founder Vicente…

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Natalie Alima – IAAC Alumni Stories

Natalie Alima is a researcher with a multidisciplinary approach to architecture that fuses biology, robotics and parametric design. She has a passion for controlling, manipulating and hacking into nature through intricate and complex geometries. Natalie is currently undertaking an ANAT Synapse residency at SensiLab with professor Jon McCormack. The project explores new processes that link digital design, robotic…

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MAA Students Presenting their Work at the Design for Experience Age Midterms

Last week the students of the first year of the Master in Advanced Architecture went through the Mid-term presentations of the three Introductory Studios of the current Academic Year, conceived under the motto “Design for the Experience Age“.

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BUILDers in Residence – Residency Programme for MAA02 students

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Autodesk establish Research Residency Positions in Boston to further accelerate the research developed in the MAA02 programme towards industries, start ups and relevant professionals.

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IAAC Master Students Visit the Venice Biennale 2018

MAA, MaCT, MRAC, MDEF and MAEB Students are just back from their research trip to Venice, in occasion of the International Architecture Exhibition Freespace curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

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New Fab City’s Book Available Now! – Fab City: The Mass Distribution of (Almost) Everything

The Fab City Global Initiative started in 2014, powered at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), with the mission to establish a 40-year roadmap that would start in Barcelona. Together with the support of Barcelona's City Council, worldwide leaders were challenged to develop a new sustainable model of growth for cities: producing everything…

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“2A Magazine Awards for Asia & Europe” Ceremony on October 26th at IAAC

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will host next October 26th the award ceremony in Barcelona as the main academic partner of 2A Continental Architectural Awards for Asia and Europe (2ACAA).   The "2A Magazine Awards for Asia and Europe", with the theme “ Innovative Contextual Design”, is aimed to recognize and praise an…

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MaCT students participate at “Descobrir les Rondes” Hackathon aimed at rethinking Barcelona’s ring roads

Nearly 500 architecture students from 8 different schools have discovered this past weekend Les Rondes of Barcelona (the city's ring roads) in the 2-day Hackathon "Descobrir Les Rondes". This event aims to bring together the opinions of young architects and urban planners to rethink and redesign this urban infrastructure, which is crucial for the city's…

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Park Won-Soon Mayor of Seoul visits Fab Lab Barcelona by the hand of Tomás Díez

Park Won-soon, the Mayor of one of the Fab City member Cities – Fab City Seoul, visited Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC last week, to learn by the hand of Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) Co-director Tomás Díez and exchange information about Fab City Barcelona. The Fab City initiative is a collective of…

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OTF Programme 2018/19 launches its First Workshop “Walls”

The first OTF Workshop 2018/19 “Walls” kicked off last week at IAAC, with the aim of giving students the occasion to print thin surfaces and explore the relationship between geometry and structural behaviour in adobe printing.

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Back in September with a new alumni story: Alexandre Dubor

We begin this month of September and the frantic academic activity with a new “alumni story” that makes us especially happy and proud of our former students. Alexandre Dubor is an architect and researcher combining new technologies in an attempt to improve how we build and live in our cities. He holds a Masters degree in…

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MaCT Faculty Mar Santamaría and Pablo Martínez awarded in the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism

Three projects developed by the Urban Data Analysis studio 300,000 Km/s of Master in City and Technology (MaCT) faculty members Mar Santamaría and Pablo Martínez, have been recognized by the XIV Edition of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.   In this edition, the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism emphasized the idea of living…

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IAAC Graduation & Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony took place on June 28th at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs, officiated by IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo. More than a hundred and fifty students, coming from forty different countries, and accompanied by their families, attended the event opened by the end-of-year speech of IAAC Academic Director Areti Markopoulou.

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Experience Future Cities – Visions for the Experience Era at IAAC End of Year Exhibition

Last June 26th, an enthusiastic crowd of visitors attended the opening of the IAAC End of Year Exhibition Experience Future Cities, the public event which showcased the best projects of IAAC international researchers. The work displayed had been developed in Institute’s Master programmes, including: Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA), Master in City & Technology (MaCT), Master in Advanced Interaction (MAI), Open Thesis Fabrication…

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IAAC participates in the kick-off meeting of the European project URBiNAT

Academic Director Areti Markopoulou and IAAC's Department of EU projects attended the first kick-off meeting of H2020 European project URBiNAT last June in Coimbra, Portugal.    The EU research initiative URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived social housing urban developments through an innovative and inclusive catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability…

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MAA, MAI & MaCT Final Presentations Highlights 2017/18

The Final Presentations of the first and second year of the Master in Advanced Architecture, the Master in City & Technology and the Master in Advanced Interaction took place at IAAC last week. Over four days, each of the first and second year Research Studios has presented its outputs to an international jury.

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IAAC Machinic Protocols in Arts Santa Mònica Centre for Summer Season Exhibitions

On Friday at 19h IAAC is glad to invite you to the opening of Auto-màtic, an exhibition curated by IAAC Senior Faculty Edouard Cabay which will be displayed at the Arts Santa Mònica centre of Barcelona from June 29th until October 7th. The exhibition addresses the limits and potentials of generative drawing, emerging from data through…

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IAAC Closing Lecture with Bjarke Ingels: From “Form Giving” to the Martian City

Last Friday, June 15th, IAAC opened its doors to conclude the 2017/2018 academic year with a very special and expected guest: the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, a real celebrity in the world of architecture, founder of the internationally renowned architectural firm BIG. The architect came back to IAAC after collaborating in March on the launch…

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MaCT Robotic City Seminar – Final Presentations

Last Friday the students of the Master in City & Technology presented to a jury chaired by Winy Maas the final outputs of the Robotic City Seminar which reviewed the work of the students, revolving around robotics and its impact on the city.

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Beca Visoren 2018 para el Máster in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB)

Visoren, empresa en Viviendas Sociales en Alquiler, quiere impulsar la construcción ecológica en los edificios de viviendas en toda España. Por ello ofrece dos becas, una beca completa y otra beca parcial para cursar el Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings que organiza el Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña (IAAC) y que se iniciará el…

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IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo Guest Speaker at CUIMPB – Centre Ernest Lluch

Mathilde Marengo, Head of studies at IAAC, will participate in "Transforming Economy from Learning" conferences on Wednesday June 6 organized by Barcelona's Centre Ernest Lluch - International University Mendez Pelayo Consortium (CUIMPB).   The teaching of Economics at universities and business schools has been fundamentally affected by the recent economic and financial crisis. The demand…

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Vicente Guallart in Bucharest: Lecture at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism

On Tuesday, June 5, the founder of IAAC and former chief architect of the city of Barcelona (2011-2015) Vicente Guallart will give a lecture at the prestigious Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania. The conference titled "Reinventing how we design and make architecture" focuses on the new trends in advanced and…

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ABB Scholarship 2018 to become an expert in Robotics and Advanced Construction!

ABB offers a full scholarship for the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction at IAAC followed with a paid internship of 3 months in their incredible manufacturing facilities in Barcelona. While the course is designed for those with an engineering background, we are open to all applications. If you have a Bachelor’s Degree, love robotics…

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“Innovation & Spaces”: IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo in “Apart of Firma” Cultural Centre Talks

Last Saturday 12 May, IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo lectured about “Innovation and Spaces: a New Relationship” in the framework of the activities of the Poblenou Open Day 2018 . Mathilde Marengo discussed the potentials of integrating technologies into our urban environment and design practices to open a dialogue between citizens and urban planners, towards more…

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X-Urban Design Students Meet Hong Kong City Planning Authorities

MAA X-Urban Design students, accompanied by Faculty Willy Muller and Jordi Vivaldi, are back from their research trip to Hong Kong and Macao. The theoretical reflection of the MAA X-Urban Design research line is being implemented this year in a specific and extremely peculiar territory of the asian landscape: Hong Kong.

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Self-sufficient Building Students Road Trip in the United States

MAA Self-sufficient Building students, accompanied by Faculty Enric Ruiz Geli, are back from their trip to Canada and the United States. They started from New York City, where the first day of the trip has been dedicated to the visit of the MOMA and the High Line, the elevated railway transformed into a public park on…

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IAAC Faculty & Alumni Installations at LOOM Barcelona Festival

Comprised of works from over twenty artists belonging to different disciplines, the first edition of Movistar Loom Festival​ will take place on the next 19th of May​ in Poblenou, Barcelona. MAI Faculty Cristian Ruzzuti will present a live laser show, Unhuman, while IAAC Alumni Hyphen Labs will create an interactive installation surrounding the theme of feminism, and…

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InAtlas Brings Together Big Data and Location Analytics at the Master in City & Technology

Master in City & Technology students are getting ready for the final presentations of Urban Analytics, the seminar led by Luis Falcon, which will take place next 7th of May at IAAC. Four working groups will present the findings of theirs 5-month monitoring which aim was to validate a Twitter data base to analyse population’s urban patterns.

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IAAC’s Poblejoc and UrbanFluxes Lab at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture

IAAC is glad to announce that will present two projects in the 16th edition of the International Venice Biennale of Architecture curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

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MAEB’s Faculty Symposium at IAAC Campus ValldauraLabs

As part of the launch of the new Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB), IAAC is organising a symposium around the theme of Advanced Ecological Buildings. The gathering will take place on April 25th at Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs, IAAC campus in the Collserola's Natural Park, from 10 am to 5 pm, in the location where…

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Meet the Scientific Committee of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

IAAC’s Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction‘s (MRAC) mission is to train a new generation of professionals capable of answering the challenges of a more sustainable and customised construction ecosystem. In order to do so this new programme, directed by Alexandre Dubor and Aldo Sollazzo, relies on a Scientific Committee made up by six members, coming both…

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Machinic Protocols Presents: Free Hand Automation – A Live Experiment

On April 19th, an automatic drawing exhibition will be held in Sant Lluc, resulting from a performative act emerging from the creative confrontation between artists from Cercle Artístic Sant Lluc and computer experts from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), from the Master in Advanced Architecture‘s research line Machinic Protocols directed by Edouard…

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The Theory of Urbanization Presented at Harvard GSD

Last April 4th, IAAC founder Vicente Guallart, presented at Harvard GSD the first full English translation of Iledfons Cerda’s book Theory of Urbanization. The event included a presentation of the book and the open data platform urbanization.org, as well as a conversation with Harvard GSD professors Joan Busquets, Neil Brenner and Charles Waldheim about the…

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IAAC Alumni’s Pulpo Collective Installation at the Vivid Sydney Festival 2018

IAAC is proud to present 'Nacre': the Pulpo Collective’s installation for the Vivid Sydney Festival. Nacre takes inspiration from the many shell middens found during excavations of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. The design of this lustrous work incorporates the geometry of sea shells, and it uses technology to translate environmental data to illuminate a hidden, underwater…

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Master in Advanced Architecture Second Term Final Presentations

The Second Term Final Presentations of the Master in Advanced Architecture MAA01 and MAA02 took place at IAAC last week. Each of the Design and Research Studios presented their findings to a selected international jury, looking for feedbacks and inputs to further improve the projects.

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MAI Students Present the Future of Gastronomy at Corretger5 Gallery

How do we communicate the consequences of our designs to the general public? How do we make the best use of the space in order to create compelling experiences for the visitors? In the framework of the Master in Advanced Interaction, the Interactive Agents Studio, led by Luis Fraguada and Ignacio de Juan Creix, has seek to imagine our daily life augmented by…

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OTF 5 Meters 3D Printed Wall Section Inaugurated in Valldaura

The 2017-18 edition of the Open Thesis Fabrication Programme, directed by Edouard Cabay and Alexandre Dubor, has proposed to design and test a housing prototype that takes advantage of the latest computational tools, the additive manufacturing process, and the properties of the mud to achieve passive performative system for bioclimatic architecture.

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MaCT Students Explore The Future of Urban Shared & Autonomous Mobility

Last Friday the 16th of March, Master in City & Technology students visited the Shotl headquarters in Volpelleres, Barcelona. Shotl is a platform that matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction with a moving vehicle, helping transport operators and cities to make a better use of its bus system, by replacing low-ridership routes with on-demand shuttles.

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IAAC’s Exhibition ‘Scripts – A Chronicle of Incidents’ on Display for Tenerife Design Week 2018

On 16th of March the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife opens its doors to present the exhibition Scripts – a chronicle of incidents, directed by IAAC Open Thesis Fabrication Co-director Edouard Cabay, and displaying an extensive series of drawings mechanically created by automated plotting machines. The exhibition presents the 2016 work of Machinic Protocols, a Master…

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Discover IAAC’s Alumni Scholarship Programme!

IAAC is glad to announce to its Alumni Community that, starting from the next academic year 2018/19-20, students who successfully graduated from a IAAC Master Programme in the past will have an automatic 40% discount on the tuition fee of all Master Programmes. To complete the existing academic offer currently structured around the Master in…

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Winy Maas and the Why Factory Back at IAAC for the MaCT Robotic City Seminar

We are very excited to announce that the third edition of the MaCT Robotic City Seminar, led by MVRDV Co-funder Winy Maas, with Adrien Ravon and Javier Arpa from The Why Factory, will kick-off at IAAC in a few weeks. From smart cities to biotechnologies, what are the implications of robotisation on the build environment? Can we map the evolution…

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“Ways of Wood” Receives the Prestigious 2017 Wood Design Awards Programme

IAAC is pleased to announce that Margen-Lab’s installation “Ways of Wood: Expressing Material Flows” is the one of the recipients of the prestigious 2017 Wood Design Awards programme. Margen-Lab is the firm founded by Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings’ Co-director Daniel Ibañez, with headquarters in Boston and Barcelona. The project, which focuses on the life…

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MRAC’s Co-Director Aldo Sollazzo keynote speaker at BIM Show Live in UK

Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction's (MRAC) Co-Director Aldo Sollazzo participates at BIM Live Show 2018 as part of a premium line-up of construction industry leaders and achievers.   From 28 February to 1 March, BIM Show Live in Newcastle, UK, will gather for a series of keynotes, panel, and interactive seminar sessions and digital construction…

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MAA Students Interprete Gaudi’s Column at Mark Burry’s Seminar Bifurcation

The Master in Advanced Architecture’s Seminar Bifurcation, led by the former Executive Architect and Researcher at the Sagrada Familia Mark Burry, took place a few days ago in IAAC main hall. During the three-day workshop, students have been challenged to design a ten meters column using the same principles of the Gaudí’s column.

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MAI project “PlayBall!” becomes a great success in Barcelona’s Llum Festival 2018

Master's in Advanced Interaction (MAI) students presented their project PlayBall! for this special event in Barcelona, which turned out to be one of the most outstanding and acclaimed installations of Llum BCN 2018. From February 16 to 18 IAAC participated in Barcelona Llum Festival 2018 which took place in Poblenou's district. In past years Llum…

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Dani Rossello Diez on IAAC Winter Lectures: “Making Future Places”

In January our guest lecturer Dani Rossello Diez, Heatherwick Studio‘s Group Leader was invited as part of the IAAC Lecture Series 2018 and inspired the audience with his lecture: Making Future Places. The talk was focused on Heatherwick Studio’s work and design process with reference to a number of past and present large scale projects in cities around the world.

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IAAC FabLab Barcelona and Valldaura Campus on Catalonia’s TV3 Channel

Catalan TV Channel TV3 recently visited IAAC facilities to film a couple of episodes of weekly show "Ja T'ho Faràs”, which features "Do It Yourself" solutions for home using low cost, sustainable and recycling materials. IAAC's participation at this show will allow to introduce the Catalan audience two cutting-edge initiatives developed in our institution, such as…

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Shanghai: This Year’s City Focus of the Master in City & Technology

After two years of envisioning the future of key urban centers around the world, among which Mumbai (MaCT 2015-16) and Barcelona (MaCT 2016-17), the Master in City and Technology now turns to the Far East, exploring the great Chinese metropolis of Shanghai.

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Playball: MAI Students’ Proposals for Llum Barcelona Festival 2018

The first research studio of the Master in Advanced Interaction immediately involved the students into a real project with the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona and the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona to be installed during the Festival Llum BCN 2018, next February.

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Active Public Space: MAA Students Visions for the Age of the Anthropocene

Last week the students of the first year of the Master in Advanced Architecture went through the Final Presentations of the three Introductory Studios of the current Academic Year. Climate change, car-less cities and food production in the Age of the Anthropocene are the future scenarios being explored by the students, challenged to propose new visions to transform the public space of our cities in an…

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IAAC Launches the First Edition of Master in City & Technology Second Year

With the objective of furthering the research developed in the first year of the MaCT programme, IAAC is proud to launch its first edition of Master in City & Technology Second Year. During the MaCT02 programme students will have the opportunity to work on an individual thesis focused on the development of a pilot project.

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Future Mobility & Fab City Design Strategies at MaCT’s First Term Reviews

This week, the students of the Master in City & Technology have been presenting the results of their first term of studies at the FAB City Design Strategies studio and Future Mobility seminar reviews. New social values and emerging communication technologies challenge the way we live and move, as well as the way we plan and design cities.

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Live, Design and Fabricate a Real-scale, Self-sufficient Prototype in Valldaura

The Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings is a 12-month immersive academic programme with an emphasis in using a practice-oriented approach to train professionals with advanced expertise in the design and construction of ecological buildings. The MAEB offers a unique immersive education experience, which allows students to examine material and energy issues across disciplines and scales, taking full…

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Meet Master in Design for Emergent Futures Co-Director Mara Balestrini

Mara Balestrini, Master in Design for Emergent Futures Co-director, is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on impact innovation. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to…

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Adobe 3D Printing And Passive Habitat at Open Thesis Fabrication’s Reviews

The Open Thesis Fabrication‘s students have been working together towards a collective goal and project until the final presentations of this December 5th.  Subdivided in different specialised research groups, each of them have been carrying out several investigations focusing on a specific aspect of “Adobe 3D printing and Passive Habitat” project’s development.

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MAA Introduction to Digital Fabrication Final Presentations

Digital Fabrication is an introductory course of the Master in Advanced Architecture tutored by IAAC Digital and Robotic Fabrication Expert Alexandre Dubor and Faculty Ricardo Valbuena, Raimund Krenmüeller and Kunaljit Singh Chadha.

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Thanks to all of those who visited and participated in the Masters Open Day!

Last December 1st, IAAC hosted the first appointment with the 2017/18 Masters Open Days, inviting prospective students to discover one of the most advanced European Centres for Education, Research and Fabrication located in Barcelona.

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IAAC Alumni Awarded with Honourable Mention at the Reshape Competition 2017

IAAC is glad to announce that the Master in Advanced Architecture project Water-Driven Breathing Skin, by students Montakan Manosong, Irene Ayala Castro, Chieh Chang and Zina Alkani, has been awarded with the Honourable Mention at the Reshape Competition 2017 held during the In(3D)ustry Exhibition in Barcelona.

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IAAC Alumnus Farshad Mehdizadeh is the Middle East Architect of 2017

IAAC is proud to announce that the award of Middle East Architect of the Year 2017, was given to its Alumnus Farshad Mehdizadeh, founder of Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects. Born in Isfahan, Iran, Farshad started his professional career at the Fluid Motion Studio in Tehran.

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José Luis de Vicente / Insights from ‘After the End of the World’ Autumn Lecture

Last week our guest lecturer and MaCT Faculty José Luis de Vicente, invited as part of the Autumn Lecture Series 2017, inspired the audience with its lecture: After the End of the World.

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Meet Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings’ Co-Director Daniel Ibañez

Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings Co-director Daniel Ibañez is a practicing architect and urbanist. He is Doctor of Design candidate and instructor at Harvard University. His research, Metabolic Urbanism, critically seeks to frame the design disciplines in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross disciplinary research on the field of urban metabolism. Daniel is a IAAC Alumni…

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IAAC Faculty Receive the 2017 Autodesk ACADIA Emerging Research Award

Monolithic Earthen Shells and Robotic Fabrication by InnoChain IAAC PhD candidate Stephanie Chaltiel and IAAC Faculty Maite Bravo has been awarded with the Acadia Autodesk Emerging Research Prize.  

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IAAC Alumni Chenthur Raaghav about Responsive Intelligence at TEDxVienna

Last October 21st at the Volkstheater of Vienna, IAAC Alumni Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran was invited to deliver his TEDxVienna talk about “Responsive Intelligence”, exploring the ideas of material research and design computation that culminated his MAA thesis about Graphene and its Architectural Applications.

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Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network Opens IAAC Lecture Series 2017/18

Last Thursday evening we had the pleasure of hosting Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network, for the Opening Lecture of this year’s 2017/18 IAAC Lecture Series.

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300.000 kms on the Impact of Tourism and Gentrification at the Casa Encendida in Madrid

Tourism is a changing market. Recent trends have shaped a new archetype of tourist in Madrid. Culture is no longer the main reason to visit the city but gastronomy. More bread, less culture. More calamari and less churros. Tourist used to go to museums, Visitors to restaurants.

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IAAC Alumni’s Biocentric Design Group Invited at the Oslo Innovation Week

Last September the Oslo Innovation Week invited the Biocentric Design Group, founded by IAAC Alumni Thora Arnardottir, Noor El-Gewely and Jessica Dias, to present at the Micro Algae & Seaweed and the Sustainability Pecha Kucha sessions of the event.

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The Zeer Pot Workshop Inaugurates the 2017-18 OTF Programme

The Open Thesis Fabrication programme, directed by Edouard Cabay and Alexandre Dubor, in its 2017-18 edition will propose to design and test in the Self-sufficient lab of Valldaura a housing prototypethat takes advantage of the latest computational tools, the additive manufacturing process, and the great thermodynamic properties of the mud to achieve passive performative system for…

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IAAC Boosts the Superilla Block with Advanced Technologies in its First Year

The Superilla, an urban regeneration tool that is part of a plan for Barcelona, developed by the Agencia de Ecología Urbana, within the Urban Mobility Plan 2013-2018 was implemented today, one year ago.

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IAAC Takes part to the Third Experimental Biennale of Prague

Academic Platforms of Computational Design is an exhibition, co-curated by Professor Imrich Vaško and Shota Tsikoliya, currently on display at the UM Gallery in the framework of the third Experimental Architectural Biennial of Prague. Until October 7th, the gallery will presents works of leading European academic institutions dedicated to experimental research in architecture.

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Robotically Woven Structures at IAAC Global Summer School Moscow

This summer the Moscow IAAC Global Summer School participants, led by Maria Kuptsova, Elena Mitrofanova and Ivan Mitrofanov with the advisory of Vicente Guallart, have been investigating new computational and fabrication strategies for production of advanced design solutions for the activation of the public space.

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IAAC Develops Five Advanced Cooling Alternatives for Buildings Based on Smart Materials and Soft Robotics

IAAC has developed a series of materials and advanced systems for passive cooling and ventilation, which allow reducing indoor temperatures by up to 5 degrees and air conditioners use by more than 25%. These alternatives help to sharply decrease hot indoor temperatures in locations where the weather is extremely warm. The Institute for Advanced Architecture…

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IAAC Nomad Folding Flax Pavilion at the Nowhere Festival 2017

From 4th to 9th of July 2017, Castejón de Monegros has once again hosted the Nowhere Festival, the Spanish version of the well-known Burning Man Festival of the United States. The one-week festival promotes cultural and educational activities focused on the self-expression. The Nomad Folding Flax Pavilion, result of the Lightweight Bio Composite Seminar, was among the installations presented at the event. The…

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IAAC Lightweight Structures at the London’s Fab Fest 2017

The International Fabrication Festival FAB FEST in London is a week-long celebration of design and making, featuring over 50 pavilions built by students of architecture from around the world. Two of the pavilions created during the Lightweight Structures Seminar, the Cantilever and the Pixel pavilion, have been part of this year’s edition “Pop-up City” which challenged the participants to…

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The 10th Edition of IAAC Global Summer School Kicks Off in Barcelona

On Monday 3rd July, the 10th edition of IAAC Global Summer School kicked off in Barcelona and six other locations around the world: Beirut, Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, Monterrey and Muscat. The doors of the Fab Lab opened to offer a first taste of Robotics, Physical Computing, Computational Design and Digital Fabrication to the 40 students who came to Barcelona to attend the summer course.

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Master in Advanced Architecture and Master in City & Technology Presentations Highlights

The Final Presentations of the first and second year of the Master in Advanced Architecture and the Master in City & Technology took place at IAAC in early June. Over four days, each of the first and second year Research Studios presented its outputs to an international jury. A selection of the best students’ works around the theme of…

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Living (in) Future Cities – Solutions for the Experience Era at IAAC End of Year Exhibition

Only a couple of day left to the opening of the IAAC End of Year Exhibition Living (in) Future Cities, which will be held this year at the MUHBA Oliva Artés in Poblenou, from the 28th of June to the 30th of July.

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Speakers and Program Announced at the Second IAAC Global Alumni Meeting

Less then a couple of weeks to go for the second IAAC Global Alumni Meeting. For this very special occasion, IAAC extended an invitation to all its Alumni around the globe to join us on the 19th of June in Barcelona to share, learn and celebrate together another year of success.

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IAAC is Getting Ready for this Academic Year’s Graduation Ceremony & Party

On Friday 30th of June more than 140 students from 50 different countries will celebrate their graduation for the programs MAA, MaCT, OTF and Fab Academy BCN. The ceremony will take place at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs, IAAC’s Campus at Collserola Park, starting at 18:00, and dinner & party will follow starting at 21:00.

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Master in Advanced Architecture and Master in City & Technology Final Presentations at IAAC

The Final Presentations for the Master in City & Technology, Master in Advanced Architecture MAA01 and MAA02 will be taking place next week. Each of the Design and Research Studios will present to a selected international jury on the below mentioned dates.

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Lightweight Structures Seminar Explored the Extreme Possibilities of Cardboard Structures

The MAA Lightweight Structures Seminar in this second edition has explored the topic of the folded surfaces, testing the capability of a plan to acquire structural stiffness through folds. How would it be to inhabit an origami? Throughout complex computational form generations,structural simulations and physical 1:1 constructions, students have explored the extreme possibilities of the…

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IAAC revolutionizes the construction site at Barcelona Building Construmat

The twentieth edition of Barcelona Building Construmat, Barcelona’s international construction show, has just closed its doors with an outstanding participation of exhibitors and visitors, interested in discovering the latest news and trends in the world of construction. The international gathering put a particular emphasis on innovation and new technologies, the driving forces behind the changes…

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On Site Robotics: the Potentials of 3D Printed Buildings at Barcelona Building Construmat

At the 20th edition of Barcelona Building Construmat, Barcelona’s international construction show on the 23rd – 26th of May, IAAC and Tecnalia will unveil On Site Robotics, a project showcasing the advantages of the use of robots driven by cables in a pioneering system which allows building large-scale constructions on the building site.

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Dieter Dietz’s Spring Lecture – The Red River

Last week our guest lecturer Dieter Dietz, invited as part of the Spring Lecture Series 2017, inspired the audience with their lecture: The Red River. Dieter Dietz is Associate Professor for Architectural Design at EPFL, Lausanne, and director of the ALICE laboratory in the ENAC faculty. He collaborates with the ALICE team on research projects at diverse scales…

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Meet MAI Faculty Martina Menegon and Stefano D’Alessio

Master in Advanced Interaction Faculty Martina Menegon and Stefano D’Alessio are two Italian artists, graduated in Visual and Performing Arts at the IUAV University of Venice, and in Transmedial Art at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, directed by Brigitte Kowanz. Since 2010 they collaborate with the artist Klaus Obermaier, IAAC Master in Advanced…

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IAAC Team Meets to Set Goals and Focus for the Forthcoming Years

Last Thursday 6th of May all the IAAC staff members gathered for a team building event, to celebrate the growing and diverse team who’s one of the secrets behind the Institute’s success! Seventy team members coming from fifteen different countries joined the social event hosted at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs, in the Collserola Park.

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Poblenou Urban District Open Day 2017 at IAAC was a roaring success!

Poblenou Urban District Open Day 2017 was a real success at IAAC! Last Saturday 6th of May our Faculty and staff members were glad to show the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and FabLab Barcelona to all people who visited us in Poblenou district. More than 800 people came and saw our facilities while…

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Jaime Coll & Judith Leclerc Spring Lecture – Definitely Unfinished

This week our guest lecturers Jaime Coll and Judith Leclerc, invited as part of the Spring Lecture Series 2017, inspired the audience with their lecture: Definitely Unfinished. In 1923, Marcel Duchamp left “Definitely Unfinished” the Great Glass. The time, process, transformation and instability become new categories in XX Century art.

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Computational Design, Material Behaviour & Fabrication Strategies Workshop

Synthesis of Strip Pattern was a workshop oriented towards digital fabrication strategies and integrative design thinking, held at IAAC from the 7th to the 12th of April. Led by Djordje Stanojevic & Georgi Kazlachev with NOUMENA, FabLab BCN and Nodo, the course included phases of material properties research, development of complex geometrical 3D parametric models, fabrication details and techniques

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Scripts – Automatic Drawing Machines Exhibition Opening in Barcelona

Last 19th of April La Casa Elizalde in Barcelona opened its doors to present the exhibition Scripts – a chronicle of incidents, directed by IAAC OTF Co-director Edouard Cabay, and displaying an extensive series of drawings mechanically created by automated plotting machines.

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MAA Students Explore Performative Use of Liquids in Curved Glass Assemblies

The seminar Liquid Skin, led by Edouard Cabay with the support of a team of experts including Alexandre Dubor, Resja Ferusic, Carles Salas and Ferran Figuerola, focused on the integration of liquids within curved glass assemblies or surfaces, in order to produce architectural effects or performance: climatic, energetic and spatial.

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FabKids, Children’s Schools for Technological Dreamers

Hugo, a 7 year old boy, has experienced a few special days at the Fab Lab Barcelona: with the help of Santiago Fuentemilla he has realized the dream of turning a simple drawing into a real object with the use of digital manufacture.

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MAA Students Interprete Gaudi’s Column at Mark Burry’s Seminar Bifurcation

Only a few days to go for the Master in Advanced Architecture’s Seminar Bifurcation, led by the Executive Architect and Researcher at the Sagrada Familia Mark Burry, where students will be challenged to design a ten meters column using the same principles of the Gaudí’s column.

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Additive Manufacturing With Natural Materials Applied to Large Scale by OTF Students

Last Thursday Open Thesis Fabrication (OTF) students have finally unveiled the outcomes of the six-month postgraduate program, led by IAAC Faculty Edouard Cabay and Alexandre Dubor, which focused this year on the applications of additive manufacturing in the production of sustainable low-cost buildings, printable on site with 100{9109d278f27679b0d72ba26d1dbf285952fc93361903e26181bc35932131a14a} natural materials.

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Brillen en la Foscor: IAAC at Llum BCN Festival

MAA02 students, coordinated by IAAC Faculty Maria Kuptsova, Ángel Muñoz and Master in Advanced Interaction Directors Luis Fraguada and Klaus Obermaier, are in the final push of the fabrication of IAAC’s interactive installation for the Llum BCN Festival 2017.

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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designs the first 3D printed bridge in the world

The first pedestrian bridge printed in 3D in the world was inaugurated last December 14 in the urban park of Castilla-La Mancha in Alcobendas, Madrid. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) was in charge of the architectural design of the bridge, which has a total length of 12 meters and a width of…

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Iñaki Gabilondo and Tomas Diez on the Future of 3D Printing

In the episode 3D Printed Future of the Spanish series Cuando Ya No Esté (When I’ll no longer be there), journalist and TV news anchor Iñaki Gabilondo meets at IAAC three experts in 3D printing. Tomas Díez, FabLab BCN Director, who predicts that in the close future consumers will be able to manufacture most of…

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Fab Academy 2017 just started!

This year, FabLab Barcelona and Green Fab Lab have twenty-seven students from 14 different nationalities: Spain, UK, Switzerland, China, India, France, Greece, Israel, Colombia, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, Italy, Philippines and Pakistan.

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CIEE Global Architecture and Design Program – Final Presentations

Continuing the IAAC research agenda, and using Barcelona as an experimentation laboratory, the Future Cities Studio of the CIEE Global Architecture and Design Program has explored the relationship between city and water, seeking innovative ways to improve this connection through speculative design and experimentation.

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IAAC + Autodesk BUILDers in Residence – Selected Projects Announced

Four projects, ranging from Carbon Fiber 3D Printing to Responsive Structures, have been selected among the many proposals received to be developed at Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston and IAAC premises in Barcelona, starting this January 2017.

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Smart Citizens Using Open Technology to Improve Barcelona

How can citizens use technology to act at the civic level? How can data be used for the common good? How can people in Barcelona be more aware of their urban environment? These are some of the questions that we are trying to tackle through the Making Sense project, an EU funded initiative that is…

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IAAC Takes Part to the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016

The Smart City Expo World Congress, the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution, reached this year its 6th edition. Since its launching in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities, a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals…

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IaaC launches a new master in Advanced Interaction

Following the 15th anniversary from the first edition of the Master in Advanced Architecture, the Barcelona based Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) announces that from September 2017 it will be offering a new master program in Advanced Interaction, consolidating its reputation as one of the best centers for international architectural education.

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Introduction to Digital Fabrication – Final Presentations

The aim of the course is to explore the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication process: Laser Cutting, CNC milling and 3D Printing. The exercise of this year has been the design of three lamps result of the student’s exploration of a given material, digital fabrication machines and fabrication strategies

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Pylos: Material and Machine 3D Printing – OTF Workshop

Last Monday the Open Thesis Fabrication 2016/17 students presented the findings from the research they have been developing for the past month of September. The Open Thesis Fabrication Program 2016/17 aims at producing a performative pavilion to be exhibited in Barcelona by march 2017.

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IAAC Alumni looks at silk as a construction material

IAAC Alumni Ilaria la Manna’s Bombix Bricks project looks at silk as a valid construction and structural material to be used within architecture. The overall goal is to create a growing space, acting as a temporary installation. Through time, the morphology of the fabric would be reduced back again to to its initial liquid state, allowing one to restart a different development in their desired location.

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IAAC Academic Year 2016/17 kick off

Last monday, in a crowded main hall, IAAC team members warmly welcomed the 150 new students from 41 different countries who decided to make their life changing experience at IAAC Barcelona this year.

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How Digital Technologies can Contribute to Rethink Vernacular Architecture?

Future Traditions has been a seven-day workshop held in Tehran, Iran focused on the reinterpretation of vernacular architecture through the use of digital tools and digital fabrication machines, under the guidance of IAAC Robotic Expert Alexandre Dubor and IAAC Alumni Sofoklis Giannakopoulos.

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Poblejoc – Activating the Superilla Public Space

In which ways can people have a more active role in the design of their spaces? How technology can enhance our capability of understanding and interact with our space? Poblejoc, an interactive installation conceived during the Active Public Space workshop, has been designed as an Urban Game with the aim of activating public space.

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Active Public Space Barcelona workshop Daily Diary

The Active Public Space Barcelona workshop kicked off 5th of Septemnrt and ran until the 7th of September at the IAAC training facilities and in the #Superilla of the District of Sant Martí, in Poblenou. In this framework, and within the implementation of the first superblocks in Barcelona, the APS workshop will set up an interactive…

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IAAC Graduation and Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony took place on June 30th at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs and more than a hundred students coming from forty different countries, accompanied by their families, attended the event opened by the end-of-year speech of IAAC Academic Director Areti Markopoulou.

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Global Summer School 2016 – Daily Diary

More than 110 students are attending IaaC's Global Summer School 2016, the World's largest educational event of the summer. Right now Barcelona, NYC, Moscow, Tehran, Beirut and Beijing nodes are working together. Click on the image to check each node's daily progress: You can also check this amazing 360º picture from Barcelona's node from the third…

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Yona Friedman – Global Lecture Series Speaker

The living legend of architecture, Yona Friedman, gave an online Global Lecture to our Global Summer School students. In it, he reviewed his long and distinguished career as an architect, urban planner and thinker. Also, he presented his latest book “Yona Friedman: The Dilution of Architecture“, that explores Friedman’s thinking process, taking readers through the…

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IAAC Global Summer School Kick-off

IAAC Global Summer School Kick-off Yesterday we had the kick-off of the IAAC Global Summer School, the biggest summer program in the world, with 110 students divided in six locations around the globe.

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IN(3D)USTRY was a real success!

From 21st to 23rd June, 2016 In(3D)ustry – From Needs to Solutions, the event co-organised by IAAC Fab City Research Laboratory and Fira Barcelona reviewed the current state and future of Additive and Advanced Manufacturing and showcased the latest technologies and innovation on this field. There, Tomás Díez, Co-organizer of the event & Fab City Research Lab director, had the opportunity…

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Social Agriculture have been fruitful

Last week our colleagues from Social Agriculture project brought the fruits that they have grown in the gardens of Can Valldaura. Social Agriculture is an innitiave to achieve food self sufficiency by farming (organicly) the Valldaura Terraces with a program that include: traceability of the products (from seed face to finishing product); energy consumption management (water, energy, human);…

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New Interfaces Seminar – Final Presentations

The New Interfaces Seminar introduced the students of the Master in Advanced Architecture to all of the major players in software and hardware development and highlighted the benefits of choosing a platform to work with.

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Laboratory of the Future Workshop | Moscow 7– 16 May 2016

A group formed of IAAC staff alumni and students together with local young architects, designers and artists, selected by experts, have had the chance to revive the constructivist tradition of imaging radical futurism in order to find the keys to the present in Moscow.

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Memories from the first IAAC Alumni Meeting

Over the last ten years, IAAC has received and been home to over 500 students from more than 60 countries, making it an exceptionally international and multicultural place. Last year, to underline the importance and the efforts developed by this community, IAAC organized the IAAC Global Alumni Symposium and Exhibition, as well as Alumni Networking & Learning

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IAAC Open Days April 2016

The second appointment of IaaC Open Days 2016 was a real success! Last Friday 22nd of April our Faculty, Alumni and Students were glad to show the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and FabLab Barcelona to all people who visited us.

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IAAC Open Days February 2016

Thanks to all of those who visited and participated in IAAC Open Days 2016! The event took place in the main IAAC facility in Poblenou on Saturday 13th of February, followed by a visit to the Valldaura Labs at Collserola Natural Park on February 14th.

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Smart City Expo World Congress

From November 17th to 19th, MaCT students joined the Smart City Expo World Congress, which took place in Barcelona. The SCEWC is a meeting point for companies, government, entrepreneurs and research centers to show, learn, share, network and gather inspiration to support the development of the cities of the future.

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La Llum Tafanera > IAAC @Llum BCN 2016

IAAC has once again had the honor of being invited to participate in the Llum BCN Urban Light Festival in Barcelona, our interactive light installation La Llum Tafanera has been shining in the Patio Mercader, from the 12th to the 14th of February 2016.

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MAA ALUMNI TESTIMONIAL >> ALEJANDRA DIAZ DE LEON

Alejandra is an IAAC alumni of the Master in Advanced Architecture of the academic year 2012/13 who majored with a focus on the Research Line RSII Self-Sufficient Buildings with the project Social Innovation Incubator. She is currently working with …

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IAAC PEOPLE >> MACT STUDENTS

For this academic year 2015/2016, IaaC has launched a new Master program: Master in City and Technology. It’s oriented in training the change makers that will develop the projects for the transformation of the 21st century cities, using the potential of information technologies …

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MAA01, MAA02, MACT, OTF & CIEE > VALLDAURA

Today the IaaC academic team, along with the new IaaC students from the MAA,MaCT, OTF and CIEE academic programs, went up to Valldaura to visit the Valldaura Labs, IAAC’s second campus located in the Collserola Park. The day started with a lecture by …

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MAA 2015/16 > KICK-OFF WELCOME MEETING

Tonight IAAC welcomed the 80 new students from 40 different countries for this year’s Master in Advanced Architecture 2015/16. The Academic Coordinator Silvia Brandi gave some words of welcome, then presenting the team of coordinators: Marco Ingrassia (Coordinator MAA01) …

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