The paradigm of mixed cities has transformed the urban environment in spaces for interaction, work, culture, food production, energy collection.
Cities are playing a major role in the transformation of politics, in the configuration of a new role of citizenship, multicultural and hyperconnected. Urban habitats are becoming accelerators of economical, social and environmental changes that are already defining the Global Agenda of the World. Defining a strategy for production and manufacturing however, still plays a minor role in Cities and has been systematically disregarded by planners for years. Ironically, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that 800 million people worldwide grow vegetables or fruits or raise animals in cities, producing an astonishing 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food.

How can we define a real strategy for the implementation of urban agriculture?
How technology can drive this change, turning public spaces into productive environments empowered by sensors and robotic mechanism monitoring the context?

In the context of the Fab City Summit, organized by the Fab City Grand Paris Association, the Fab City Collective, and the City Hall of Paris, the IAAC GSS18 – Paris is proposing a hands-on program, implementing real strategies activating public spaces, proposing solutions for food production and energy collection. During the course, students will digitally and physically shape a urban orchard in the iconic green park of La Villette in Paris, adopting computation and robotics to define performative configurations, increasing and controlling qualitative and quantitative crops.

Aldo Sollazzo, director of IAAC Global Summer School, co-director of the new Master of Robotics and Advanced Construction at IAAC and Member of Advanced Architecture Lab, will be leading GSS18 in Paris, which dates are from the 2nd to the 14th of July 2018.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 2-14 July 2018, that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge led by expert tutors, combined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the topics to be treated during the course.



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.


Adrien Rigobello is a Computational Designer, Industrial Engineer & Strategic Designer based in Paris. At Ecole des Ponts ParisTech he is Academic Coordinator of the Advanced Master Design by Data, and managing the Makerspace & Mobility lab programs. With previous experiences of seven years in Industrial Project Management for the Life Science industry, and two years as a Strategic Designer for interdisciplinary creative workshops in Europe (Open Science School), Adrien is a born curious swiss knife. He has his own Computational Design practice among thr34d5, an international interdisciplinary design group.


The Fab City Grand Paris Association, the City Council of Paris, and the Fab City Collective would love to invite you to the the third international Fab City summit to be held in Paris during the days 11th, 12th and 13th of July 2018.

The Fab City Summit is an international gathering of experts and communities interested in circular economy, urban planning, digital fabrication, new business models, civic engagement and sustainable design and production. Held for the first time in Amsterdam in 2016 and then in Copenhagen in 2017, in 2018 Paris will host the next edition of this international event at Parc de La Villette. For the first time the Summit will be an associated event of the yearly international gathering of Fab Labs (FAB14), which is taking place in Toulouse between July 16th and 20th. The Fab City project is being constructed by an international network of innovators, makers, researchers, designers, policy makers and citizens to foster a new urban model for cities to produce locally what they need to sustain human activities, while sharing globally information and knowledge in a collaborative approach.

The project, launched by IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona, MIT’s CBA and the Fab Foundation in 2014, emerges from the science of cities developed in Barcelona during the last 150 years (when Cerda’s General Theory of Urbanisation was published), and the technology leadership concentrated in Boston until it spread out to the international Fab Lab Community during the last 15 years (when Fab Labs started in collaboration between CBA and NSF). The Fab City pledge launched by the City Council of Barcelona for cities to produce everything they consume by 2054, has been followed by other 17 cities, regions and countries.


IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design, etc., searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English. After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about advanced design strategies. Moreover, they will become familiar with parametric software, data visualization and the use of digital machines. Non EU applicants should be aware that a visa may be required. Each participant is responsible to investigate what documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin. The school will provide a confirmation letter regarding the participation in the course, and will assist where possible in the process.


In order to register to the Global Summer School, participants need to submit the online application form, where they will be asked to fill their personal details and to upload a CV. Portfolio is not required. GSS18 dates are from 2-14 of July 2018 and applications are open until the 31st of May 2018.