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The cities are increasingly sterile environments. Simple things like dirt, fungi, lichen and insects are unwanted elements of nature – they are out of place in urban spaces. Our city surfaces are clean without biodiversity posed by nature. Biodiversity, however, plays an essential role in the survival of our planet – the various species ensure that there are always food sources available to all. In cities we do not need to pay attention to availability of varied crops and bio-organism populations that help to fight off diseases and ensure pollination – these things belong in nature, outside the city boarders. The food, readily packed and clean arrive in cities from market gardeners and farming corporations. This system has been adapted in cities globally to safeguard food supplies as simply cities are not built for growing food. Historically we had no such requirements, our economies were to sustain the ‘farm / factory to city’ food flows.

This is changing. The connection with clean, local and varied food has become more important to increasing numbers of consumers. Farmer’s markets, organic food in supermarkets, balcony gardens and self-growing kitchen-top kits are solid indicators verifying this change. As well as indeed, there are food growing technologies introduced in cities on all scales: from architectural wall gardens to various greenhouse and shelving kits for individual city gardeners. Whether there are economic gains or satisfying our innate psychological needs, food growing is coming into cities. How to make the food growing accessible in an average city like Budapest?

The GSS Budapest, hosted by IADS proposes to design a scalable unit for food growing in a city. The unit, an architectural construction, is built for outdoor use, but it can be adapted to indoor use. It can be scaled to individual and community food growing needs. And it can be adapted to any climate and city conditions.

Although we do not contend that technological solution is the answer to the global food access issues, nor that our solution will pioneer a new market trend, we do believe that urbanites can contribute to the food needs in the cities by having the growing spaces accessible, sustainable and safe. We would like to prototype such a solution.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 2-14 July 2018, 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. Please feel free to add/edit content to this section (learning modules, etc.)




Gyorgy holds a Master of Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), a Master’s in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (ETSAB) and a Bachelor’s in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the Ybl Miklós University of Architecture. He started his professional career in the city of Barcelona, where he collaborated with several internationally renowned architectural studios. Among others, he worked for Built by Associative Data (BAD) and Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. During this period, Gyorgy gathered experience in interior, residential, commercial and high-rise architectural projects, situated in the Middle East, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa and the EU. In addition to his office work, he took part in several academic research projects, launched by Harvard GSD and IAAC. In 2015, he founded his own practice.


Design Philosopher

Karina is the Founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Design Studies, Budapest, Hungary. She is a design philosopher, researcher, creative thinker and an innovation strategist with extensive experience working within R&D, product development and business innovation. Karina attained her doctorate in Design with a focus on Sustainable Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. She works on development for various green innovation projects and initiatives, as strategist, board member, as well as she is a design educator and guest lecturer.

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Founded in 1920, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) has remained on the top 10 list of the Best Universities in China. HIT enjoys the fame as the leading engineering school in China.

In 2002, HIT and the Shenzhen Municipal created HIT Shenzhen Graduate School in the University Town of Shenzhen. Together with Graduate Schools of Tsinghua and Peking University, HITSZ is an indispensable part of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong research and innovation base. We strive to maintain the academic excellence of HIT, and we are dedicated to top quality, innovation and internationalization.

Address of Exact Location: XX, HIT Campus of University Town of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

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IAAC GSS is open course for students and professionals interested in architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design, etc. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is EnglishAfter the course, the participants will become familiar with parametric software, data visualization and the use of digital machines. 


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.


Fee for Budapest is xxx € and includes all material costs needed for the course. No additional registration fee is required. Flight tickets, accommodation and food are not included in the fee. Each participant should bring his/her own computer with the software installed. Further details about the software will be given to the participants upon acceptance.


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. GSS dates are from 1-14 of July 2019 and applications are open until May 2019.

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