What is IAAC - GSS

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.

IAAC Network

IAAC has an active alumni community distributed around the word allowing a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge. The constant involvement of the community in IAAC activities keeps the connections strong and fertile. IAAC GSS17 aims to empower the bonds with the community members, therefore places them in strategic positions which allows Global Summer School to take place simultaneously in different cities around the world: Barcelona, New York City, Monterrey, Moscow, Tehran, Ahmedabad, Beirut, Beijing, Boulder and San Josè.

GSS 2017

Space Dynamics

Over the last decades a new generation of cities and urban planning paradigms have emerged. Technology has risen as a driving force defining new urban developments and government’s decisions. Cities have started to implement technology at different scales, providing more accurate models describing its functions, organization and relationships.

Within this context, Public Spaces are being redefined in their consistency.

The public space is the soul of the City. It is the area of overlap and interconnection: the place where the character of a Society is materialized and where all infrastructure networks that connect the City functional nodes come together. If the public space we inhabit today follows principles/protocols of the Industrial revolution, the Information society is boosting the emergence of new protocols for the design and performance of the various elements of Public Space.

GSS17 agenda focuses on the applications and implications of new technologies in the dynamic field of public space. 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 Advanced Urban Technologies as essentials means for the change. Testing the combination of software and hardware students will explore real-time data capture, energy generation, storage and reuse, material adaptability, real-time management of time-uses and citizen-space interaction.



Aldo Sollazzo
GSS Director

Expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Master in Architectonic Design in 2007, Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya] in 2012, Fab Academy diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona, Aldo is currently involved in several projects running in parallel. Since 2011, he is manager of Noumena, a young firm investigating between the boundaries of new digital paradigms and design strategies applied to architecture, robotics and advanced materials. He founded Fab Lab Frosinone, which he directed until 2015. He is Director of Reshape – digital craft community. Since 2015 he is Head of IaaC Visiting program, Director of IaaC Global Summer School and instructor of digital tools. He is also one of the SuperNode of the Fab Academy, the educational platform founded by Neil Gershenfeld from the MIT’s Center of Bits and Atoms. For the same program he is also coordinator of Fab Academy Paris.

Francesca Conte
GSS Coordinator

Francesca Conte studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome “Sapienza” where she get her Master’s degree in Architecture in 2015. She started her career with Na3 Studio in Rome working on interior design. Currently she is part of the Noumena team with which she is developing her skills in computational design. At the same time she is member of the Coordination team of IAAC Visiting Programs at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain. She is also working as Coordinator for ITmakES – The Fab Linkage, a project organized by the Italian Embassy of Madrid and promoted by Farnesina. 

Miriam Sivianes Mendía
Admissions Coordinator

Miriam Sivianes Mendía has a background in Liberal Arts and Languages, with a master specialization in Comparative studies of Literature, Philosophy and Arts (UPF-2015). She has started her professional career with the Instituto Cervantes in Paris, as academical  assistant,  later she has worked also for other multinational companies as BCD group. Miriam has been part of international networks as Vanguardia Iberoamericana or The International Alliance of Inhabitants. Nowadays she is following a master course in Education and Communication.

Federica Ciccone
GSS Coordinator

Master in Architecture and Engineering in 2015 and Master in City and Technology at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya] in 2017. Federica collaborated in several projects of Design, Landscape Architecture and Research with different partners. She was the Graphic Developer and Artistic Director for the IAAC research “Rome Agri/Fab City, a productive landscape for selfsufficient Metropolis”, promoted by the Foundation MAXXI and Office for the Urban Transformation of the City of Rome (2015). Her interest in the field of Landscape Architecture and Environment, shall consist of research and studies’ experiences with the University of Thessaly, UCL DPU.S.Lab of Bartlett, University of Applied Arts of Wien and Unirc. She collaborated as photographer with the Biennal of Landscape, for The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize and Exhibition, and IAAC Communication Department. She’s collaborating with Noumena since 2016 and she is currently part of the Coordination team of IAAC Visiting Programs. She is following multiple projects, often connected with her personal research in photography about the reflection in human behaviour of mutable urban contexts.





The maximum number of students for each node is 30. Applications will be accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. Applications will be considered once all required documents mentioned in the online form, including the receipt of payment, have been submitted. Find detailed information about the payment on the application form. The applications are open until the 30th of May 2017


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