Over the years IAAC has always valued the importance of establishing and setting the ideas, projects and research developed in the Institute in publications. Some of the milestones of these publications, consisting of collective works, have been HiperCatalunya (2003) and The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture (2001), developed by the founders of IAAC.

Likewise, the book series also demonstrates the importance of the Institute as a centre for the exchange of knowledge and the latest in innovation. Among these the Advanced Architecture contest series – Self-Sufficient Housing (2006), Self-Fab House (2010), The Self-Sufficient City (2010), City Sense (2013),  Self-Sufficient Habitat (in press) -, and the Interview series: Interview with Gunter Pauli (2011), Interview with John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog (2012), and Interview with Bernard Tschumi (2015).

Other IAAC Publications include: Taipei-Prototype of Urbanity (2007), geoCat – Territorial Loops (2004), Media House Project (2004), met 2.0 – Barcelona Metapolis (2000), met 1.0 – Barcelona Metapolis (1999), and many more. IAAC has also now an online publication platform with ISSN known as IAAC bits, a collective container of knowledge and material stimulating, promoting and developing research in the diverse areas of advanced architecture through a multi-disciplinary approach on both a local and global scale.


IAAC + ISAD in Mexico City: Urban Design Workshop

Urban Design Workshop: learning how to identify new paradigms and new opportunities in the development of new cities The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in conjunction with the Escuela del Desierto (ISAD) has recently presented the workshop Taller de Diseño Urbano, Territorios de Oportunidad given by Willy Müller, director of the Urban Sciences Lab at IAAC,…

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Fab City: The Mass Distribution of (almost) Everything

The rapid urbanisation process of the last century has been possible thanks to the industrial revolution and the assembly line, which allowed for the rapid reproduction and replication of infrastructure, products and urban morphologies around the world. Cities of today reflect the standardization and linear economy in how urban dynamics operate: they consume most of…

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MAKE-IT: Understanding Collective Awareness Platforms with the Maker Movement

This book is an introduction of the work done during 2016 and 2017 within the MAKE-IT Horizon 2020 European research project. The scope of this book is to present an introduction to the most interesting contents and where to find them online and in the deliverables; contents and guidelines for the life of MAKE-IT even…

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Making Sense Publication – “Citizen Sensing: A Toolkit”

Fab City Research Lab at IAAC, together with Making Sense EU consortium, produced this book as a part of the Making Sense project, which draws on nine citizen sensing campaigns in Holland, Kosovo and Spain in 2016 and 2017. During this period they have developed a form of citizen participation in environmental monitoring and action…

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InnoChain Journal #4 – Second Year Colloquium

The InnoChain journal #4 showcases material research results and reporting of the Second year colloquium organised by IAAC, as well as the presentation of the research exhibition “Prototypes”, focusing on direct full-scale testing of defined design criteria against real-world methods of realisation and production, and its integration with the industry. The InnoChain network is a shared…

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InnoChain Journal #0 – The Network

This initial issue of the Innochain Network journal introduces the network, the partners from Industry and University as well as the projects of the 15 Early Stage Researchers. The network is a shared research training environment, examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. The…

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Active Public Space: “How to” Guide

IAAC coordinates the EU-co-funded project ‘Active Public Space‘ (APS) with the aim of developing knowledge on public space throughout Europe as a means of engagement and interactive platforms for citizens. The projects are developed and enhanced by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, together with CCEA (Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague) and UAAV (University of Applied…

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New job opening at IAAC: Valldaura Digital Fab Lab Manager

VALLDAURA DIGITAL FAB LAB MANAGER   We are looking for a Digital Fabrication Laboratory Manager for our Valldaura Labs Campus, who will be in charge of explaining how the Laboratory works, help students and all IAAC community with the use of machines, supervise and maintain all machine operations and tool-kits workshop, and managing the Lab…

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Prototyping the self-sufficient eco-house of the future in Valldaura Labs this summer

Over the summer, the students from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) have undertaken to prototype a fully off-grid and completely functional ecohouse in the forest of Valldaura. Committed to enhancing a more ecologically aware and self-sufficient future for architecture and housing, these students from IAAC’s Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings will complete…

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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, as well as a conversation with Harvard GSD professors Joan Busquets, Neil Brenner and Charles Waldheim about the…

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IAAC bits // 9th edition

Through displaying an architecture and urban metabolism that are based on notions of behavior, performance as well as on specific, literal and hyperrealistic protocols, “Black Ecologies” describes a new natural environment co-produced by all ecological, biological, technological and cultural agents.

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IAAC bits // 8th edition

Ambiences // Editorial Team In our last edition (IaaC Bits Edition 7) we replaced the usual reflection around the contrast in between the particularities of each Bit and the background that all of them are sharing by the notion of Cracks. A concept which emphasizes the importance of all these circumstances and projects that are…

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IAAC bits // 7th edition

Cracks // Editorial Team In this edition (IaaC Bits Edition 7) we are not loosing neither the idea of several particularities that share the same “ideological or transversal” vector/s nor the concept of “opportunities” placed in the IaaC Bits crossings. However, we want to pay attention to the notion of “cracks”, and especially to its…

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IAAC bits // 6th edition

X-crossing - Editorial Team One of the main notions that in the last five editions we have underlined with a lot of emphasis is the contrast in between the particularities of each bit and the common background that all of them share. As it is explained in those introductory texts, this common background is understood…

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IaaC bits // 5th Edition

Click on the title to read and download the 5th edition of IaaC bits: EDITORIAL: IaaC bits 5.0 // Enclaves // Editorial Team THEORY FOR ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE: IaaC bits 5.1.1 // Ruled Surface // Edouard Cabay IaaC bits 5.1.2 // The Bottom is not Enough // Kevin Kelly IaaC bits 5.1.3 // Informed Matter // Ignacio Borrego INTELLIGENT CITIES AND TERRITORIES:…

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IaaC bits // 4th Edition

Click on the title to read and download the 4th edition of IaaC bits: EDITORIAL: IaaC bits 4.0 // Sequences // Editorial Team THEORY FOR ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE: IaaC bits 4.1.1 // Lecture Series: The Dictionary of Received Ideas // Enrique Walker IaaC bits 4.1.2 // The Ecological Gap // Daniel Koehler IaaC bits 4.1.3 // Parametric Logics in the…

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IaaC bits // 3rd Edition

Click on the title to read and download the 3rd edition of IaaC bits: EDITORIAL: IaaC bits 3.0 // Deployments // Editorial Team THEORY FOR ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE: IaaC bits 3.1.1 // Lecture + Interview // Aaron Betsky IaaC bits 3.1.2 // An object oriented approach to architecture and its city // Peter Trummer INTELLIGENT CITIES AND TERRITORIES: IaaC bits 3.2.1…

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IaaC bits // 2nd Edition

Click on the title to read and download the 2nd edition of IaaC bits: EDITORIAL: IaaC bits 2.0 // Impurity // IaaC bits editorial team   THEORY FOR ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE: IaaC bits 2.1.1 // Imagining Jelly-space Neo-Metabolism // Thomas Mical IaaC bits 2.1.2 // This is not a manifesto // Luca Galofaro   INTELLIGENT CITIES AND TERRITORIES: IaaC bits 2.2.1…

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IaaC bits // 1st Edition

Click on the title to read and download the 1st edition of IaaC bits: EDITORIAL: IaaC bits 1.0 // Unrestless Attitudes // IaaC bits editorial team   THEORY FOR ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE: IaaC bits 1.1.1 // Celebrating Architecture – Enjoying Research // Manuel Gausa IaaC bits 1.1.2 // Interview // Bernard Tschumi   INTELLIGENT CITIES AND…

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IaaC bits

ABOUT The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is a cutting edge education and research centre dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges regarding the construction of habitability in the early 21st century. As a multi-cultural platform for the exchange of knowledge on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in…

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