The architectural culture of Barcelona is rooted in the historical identity of a city shaped by a tradition of innovations. From Cerdà’s Eixample to Léon Jaussely’s plans and the Macià plan, Barcelona is a leading place in the formulation of modern theories of town planning, including pioneering projects such as the recently implemented “Superblock” plan on mobility redistribution proposed by urbanist and ecologist Salvador Rueda.
In our digitally connected and overpopulated cities, public Space has lost its capacity to power the essence of the public sphere. Issues such as security, accessibility, contamination or equality to name a few, reduce the historical function of public spaces and challenge people to find alternative physical or digital spaces with similar effects.
Technology is emerging as a powerful generator of a new digital public sphere, producing a strong impact on the physical shape of the city itself. As new tools and planning strategies rise, designers and urbanists face new challenges.

Which is the new urban configuration that emerge in the Public Space? How do urban elements interact with the citizens and how do they perform?

During this course, students will explore how to combine digital inputs and physical behaviours, defining the new generation of public spaces. Initially, students will be implementing technology not only to trigger interactions among citizens, but also to map social behaviours, environmental conditions and energy flows. Once analyzing the various layers of urban complexity, the final goal of the course will be the digital design and fabrication of a series of 1:1 urban  elements to be placed in the in the Pilot Project of Poble Nou Superblock (Superilla).

The proposed urban elements will be able to perform different activities and they will integrate technologies such as sensors, gateways and/or cameras for tracing activities and flows. The system of the proposed urban elements will define scenarios of new urban services, physical interactions and future inhabitation of the Public Space. Students will be exposed in a unique environment of Applied Research by working in collaboration with experts from the industry, including Santa & Cole, an urban element design and production company as well as InAtlas, an expert company on Urban Analytics.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two-week course that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. Its structure consists in three main learning modules, led by expert tutors. In addition, 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. The lecture program will be announced prior to GSS commencement. The following three course modules aim towards a common objective: the fabrication of a 1:1 urban machining intervention, transferring and digitally interrelating multiple sets of data collected from hyper-connected cities.

Concept (Urban Strategies and Technology)

Coding (Generative Design and Data)

Prototyping (Fabrication and Robotics)



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 material,
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.


Kunal is an Indian architect and a Digital and Robotic fabrication
researcher. His early work experience at Menis Arquitectos (Spain)
helped him develop his curiosity towards materiality in
architecture. Later to further investigate in this domain he pursued
his masters at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
(IAAC) in Spain. His research interests involve synthesis of material
knowledge with fabrication techniques and has been involved
with various researches with biodegradable materials using
robotic fabrication. Kunal is currently active in the academic field
with workshops in India, Spain, Iran and France. Continuing his
affair with ‘machines making architecture’, he joined the R+D
department at IAAC in 


Angel Muñoz is a Programmer from La Rioja in Spain.  In 2001 he moved to Barcelona where he began to work in international publicity agencies. He also worked in the interactivity and multimedia departments for brands like Coca-Cola, AUDI, Danone, SEAT, Adolfo Dominguez,  winning various prizes in international publicity festivals such as Cannes and El Sol.
In 2006 he began developing an interest in open hardware and studied Electronic Product Design obtaining a Higher Vocational Training Qualification. He then began collaborating with the Hangar Medialab. Since then he has also been collaborating in various projects, also with IAAC and the Fab Lab Barcelona Pro team, including The machine to be another, Omnipresenz. First Vision, Smart Citizen. Angel is now part of the IAAC Academic team as Physical Computing Expert.


Rodrigo Aguirre is a Nicaraguan architect specialized in the fields of parametric tooling, digital fabrication and manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor in architecture at UAM (American University) in Managua, Nicaragua and completed the two year master in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona. His ongoing collaboration with the Institute´s REsearch+DEvelopment department and IAAC special projects has involved advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design. He is a principal member of the computational faculty, and has acted as studio instructor for the masters program in 2014. His labor as a ´Tallerista´ has led to his involvement with workshops related to the translation of computational protocols to fabrication of physical prototypes. From 2013-15 he has coordinated international workshops in Brazil and Nicaragua related to digital tooling, and participated as faculty in multi-scalar design workshops in Egypt and China, the latter of which focused on the production of 1:1 scale construction. Rodrigo has also been involved with the last three editions of Iaacs global summer school, acting as a tutor in 2012-13, and GSS coordinator in St. Petersburg, Russia during the 2014 session. He continues his involvement in the 2015 edition as a coordinator, tutor and manager of communications and digital media.






The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a center for research, education, production and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present. IAAC follows the digital revolution at all scales (from bits to geography, from micro-controllers to cities, from materials to the territory) to expand the boundaries of architecture and design and meet the challenges faced by humanity. IAAC is an experimental and experiential center where one learns by doing, through a test methodology that promotes real solutions. IAAC is open, independent and radical; inspired by the values of Barcelona, the capital of architecture and design, where urbanism was invented and where a local high quality and innovation-oriented research is connected to an international network of excellence in technology, architecture and society fields. IAAC, beyond its educational and pro-research work, is an interdisciplinary and multicultural stable community that seeks permanent contact and cooperation among the hundreds of teachers, researchers, institutions and companies that have worked with us or that pursue the objective of provide solutions to the great challenges of humanity.



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 current urban innovative strategies. Moreover, they will become familiar with parametric software, data visualization and the use of digital machines. In the end of the course all participants will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.


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 visa process.


The fee is 1500€ for Barcelona 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 upload a letter of intent and a CV. Portfolio is not required. The applications are open until the 30th of May 2017.