IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona


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The increasing availability of data creates new opportunities not only for monitoring and management, but will also radically change the way we describe, understand and design cities, challenging many fundamental assumptions of city design and planning professions. For this reason, our Consortium wants to build a Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism: to promote the innovative education and training that emerging technologies require.

IAAC is coordinating the Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism (KAAU) project, launched within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. The project, with a budget of € 950.000, was launched in November 2015 and will run until October 2018.

European cities are becoming living laboratories where industries carry on pilot projects to experiment new devices, all kinds of sensors, and online information and communication systems. The involvement of universities and research centres in this process is still limited.

KAAU will develop an educational and training platform, in partnership with HEIs and well-established industrial partners and companies. The objective of this platform is to offer participants the possibility to engage in a semi-professional environment, developing projects with the support and expertise of institutions that are commercially involved in their field of expertise. In this manner, it provides a potential jumping platform into future professional opportunities, while offering companies a fresh R+D environment where to propose new design challenges and applications.

To learn more about this project and the partners involved visit: www.ka-au.net.