Cities are a dynamic combination of digital and physical infrastructures, shaping the urban landscape.  Water, energy, and mobility infrastructures play a crucial role in the economic, social and environmental evolution of our habitats.  Enhancing these, in terms of performance and resilience, is critical in order  to adapt to the 21st century’s extreme urban context. In addition, a sustainable and efficient infrastructure development is a key component to connect and integrate cities to better serve their citizens. Understanding these factors is very important in determining how infrastructure can contribute positively to the community and the environment it is intended to serve.


Technology and innovation can provide a new perspective to face these emerging needs, proposing novel strategies for the development of new hybrid infrastructure. The digitization of our built environments allow to introduce local solutions, configuring productive and interactive public spaces towards performative urban infrastructure.

During the GSS 2019 / Barcelona students will have the possibility to explore, through software and hardware, how to implement robots, sensors, computational tools in the description and transformation of a built environment. Focus of the program will be developing a 1:1 installation informed by digital processes of design and fabrication, interacting dynamically within the City and its citizens. Students will learn how to digitally manipulate matter establishing a built manifesto in which infrastructure can evolve and shape a new augmented habitat for our cities.

Global Summer School programme will run from the 1st to the 14th of July 2019: workshops, lectures and prototyping will happen at the same time in different geographic areas worldwide.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 1-14 July 2019, that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. The program is led by expert tutors, combined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the topics to be treated during the course. These will be broadcasted in the different node-cities, all globally connected. Participants will join a global agenda and an international laboratory at their disposal to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in the different cities where other teams reside.



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Rodrigo Aguirre is a Nicaraguan architect specialised in parametric tooling, digital fabrication and manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor in architecture at UAM (American University) of Nicaragua and completed a master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain. Rodrigo collaborates with the Institute’s R + D department and is involved in projects relying on advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design. He is a principal member of the computational faculty and leads workshops internationally.


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Cristian Rizzuti is an interactive media artist working in Barcelona and Rome. Graduating in Visual and Multimedia Art, Cristian has achieved an M-IA Master course at IUAV University of Venice focusing on interactive immersive environments. After his studies, Cristian has presented his works in major events and locations in Europe, such as Sonar Barcelona, MAXXI museum Rome, Venice Biennale, ZKM museum Karlsruhe. Always inspired by Science and mathematics, Cristian has focused his personal investigation on the role of human perception and the definition of synesthetic spaces and emotional sounds connected to the body. Being inspired by digital arts, live media and interactive experiments, Cristian’s works can be described as light sculpture installations.


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Kunaljit Singh Chadha is an Indian architect and Digital and Robotic fabrication researcher. His early work experience at Menis Arquitectos (Canary Islands, Spain) helped him develop his curiosity towards materiality in architecture. To further investigate in this domain he pursued his masters at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain and he joined the IAAC R+D department in 2016.. His research interests involve synthesis of material knowledge with fabrication techniques and has been involved with various researches with biodegradable materials using robotic fabrication.


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is an international centre for Education, Fabrication and Research dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st century habitability. Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, as well as the European Capital for Innovation (2014), IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with researchers, faculty and students from over 60 countries around the world. The Institute develops multidisciplinary programs that explore international urban and territorial phenomena, with a special emphasis on the opportunities that arise from the emergent territories, and on the cultural, economic and social values that architecture can contribute to society today. IAAC has also made its name as a centre of international reference, welcoming students and investigators from different countries among which Australia, the USA, India, Brazil, Russia, Ethiopia, all European countries and many others.


To register to the Global Summer School, participants need to fill their personal details and to upload a Cv in the Application form below. GSS19 dates are from 1-14 of July 2019 and applications are open until the end of May 2019.

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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. They will be familiar with parametric software, data visualization and use of digital machines. The last day of course participants will join a presentation of developed projects reviewed by a renown jury and will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.


Each participant is responsible to investigate which documents are required via the embassies in their country of origin. The school will provide a confirmation letter regarding the participation to the course, and will assist where possible the visa process.


Applicants fee for Barcelona is 1500€ and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee required. Flight tickets, accommodation, food are not included in the fee.

Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the software installed. More details on the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.


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