IAAC & Cosentino City bring Collective, productive & sustainable building systems to Showcases – Design in Diagonal as part of the Barcelona Design Week

As part of the Barcelona Design Week 2020, educational institutions have come together with local commercial activities in Diagonal Avenue with Showcases – Design in Diagonal aiming to follow this year’s BDW theme of Design for Activism, bringing design closer to society.
Within this framework, IAAC’s Advanced Architecture Group joined forces with Cosentino City to showcase a series of projects developed through the Master in Advanced Architecture – MAA and the Post Graduate in 3D Printing Architecture – OTF programs that put at the forefront challenges related to creating Collective, Productive and Sustainable building systems.

  • How can we apply advanced technological innovation in construction using sustainable and accessible materials?
  • How can we enable self-sufficient systems to produce food and electricity with buildings?

The featured projects include innovative nature based solutions that allow to control air quality and thermal comfort, developed with the MAA students under the umbrella of the BUILDs EU Project; advancements in 3D printing at the architectural scale, developed with the OTF students, and finally the Cyber Green Voltaics project, which merges the potentials of 3D printing with nature based solutions. See more about the featured projects below.

Featured Projects:

> EpiClay
EpiClay develops living green walls for outdoor facades and indoor areas, with the aim of making cities more liveable. The project enables the users the green their space, controlling air quality and thermal comfort, thanks to the integration of the modular tile system within the built environment.

Read more: http://www.iaacblog.com/programs/epiclay-living-walls-living-cities/

> C:aire
We are C:aire and we want to make every breath worth breathing. Our team is working towards air purification goal through biological filtration. We are building a filter that would eliminate unhealthy particles in the air with the help of bacteria. This way we can consolidate the existing trade off between efficiency and sustainability.

Read more: http://www.iaacblog.com/programs/c-aire-digital-design-living-systems/

> Openings in 3D printing with earth
Within the printing process, the making of openings within a surface implies very different challenges and opportunities than any other construction process. What is the window of a 3d printed wall? This is what this research attempts to answer by proposing a system of opening for 3d printed surfaces that can vary in scale and orientation. Developed with the perspective of elaborating a parametric model that could be used by any architect, this approach questions the traditional window and proposes a wall that is porous to light as a network of micro openings.

Read more: http://www.iaacblog.com/programs/openings-3d-printing-earth/

> Cyber green voltaic
CGV investigates the development of “3D printed ceramic green wall”, a technological Nature Based Solution (NBS) aimed at regenerating urban areas by improving spatial quality and sustainability through clean and autonomous energy production. Building upon previous research, the challenge of this system is to adapt additive manufacturing processes of ceramic 3D printing with biophotovoltaic systems while simultaneously developing digital and cyber-physical frameworks to generate site and user responsive design and autonomous solutions that optimize system performance and energy generation.

Read more: https://iaac.net/project/cgv-cyber-green-voltaics/