Boulder may be on the micro end of metropolitan areas but (but as VG said… it is the territories connectedness that proves its value) it also proves quite mighty. From majestic mountain views and access to nature– to a globally connected and thriving startup community– to world-wandering adventurers and Olympic-training residents. This community with a population of 100,000 is the home to Google, the University of Colorado, an atomic clock and numerous federal research centers (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Center, and National Institute for Standards and Technology, just to name two).

Like most high-quality-of-life places at present, Boulder faces a number of challenges in managing it’s growth to sustain it’s most precious resources– beautiful “green-belts”, neighborhood walkability, safe alternative transportation options (cycling + public transit) and clean-air, amongst many other.  

Legendary in Boulder is a curse on the surrounding region by a Native American Chief who proclaimed:

People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.

How might participants of this workshop tap into aspects of vitality in Boulder

Through the analysis and engagement with urban activities on Boulder’s Pearl Street pedestrian mall (named one of the greatest public spaces in America by the American Planning Association), workshop participants will prototype ideas for apps, devices, objects, spaces, etc., that seek to add value for public health that could ultimately catalyze the redefining of Boulder’s nearby ‘Civic Area’ for achieving resilience and high quality of life in a mid-size community.

The workshop will commence with a deactivation experience – a ‘sensory deprivation’ float tank session in an effort to renew our senses to begin envisioning the many opportunities to create interactions which meaningfully instigate the use of digital technologies to add value & understanding to our most vital realms of human nature.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two-week course that provides both technical and theoretical knowledge. Its structure consists of three main learning modules, led by expert tutors. In addition, lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to session topics will be broadcast across all the globally connected node cities. The lecture program will be announced prior to GSS commencement.



Monika Wittig

Monika is the Coordinator of the CO GSS17.

Monika is an Assistant Professor at Inworks, an innovation initiative at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Her role is multi-faceted– focusing on instructional realms of Human Centered Design & 3D Prototyping, and connecting faculty, students and community professionals alike to collaboratively prototype on real world projects. Monika joins Inworks following years of travel directing workshops on digital design and fabrication as the director of LAN / Live Architecture Network. Monika holds a Postgraduate degree in ‘Digital Architecture Production’ from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona. Her research at present focuses on forwarding increasingly accessible human health data as the next significant data set to drive architectural design processes. Monika serves as a program advisor for Stanford Medicine X; in 2015 she was named Co-lead of MedXMakers.


Mariano Arias-Diez

Mariano Arias-Diez leads the design teams at a10studio, his focus on materials, technology and sustainability is supported through a model of working that combines practice, teaching and research. He holds a Master in Advance Architecture (M.Arch.) from the Advance Architecture Institute of Catalonia (IaaC), with a specialization in digital fabrication, and a Bachelors from UNUM University in Mexico. He also studied architecture in institutions like The Architectural Association in London (under Prof. Neri Oxman), and the RIEA: Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in NY (under Prof. Lebbeus Woods). Prior to founding a10studio he worked in internationally acclaimed offices such as: Rojkind Architects (Mexico City), Guallart Architects (Barcelona), SadarVuga Arhitekti (Ljubljana), among others. His work has been exhibited in Mexico City, New York, London, Rotterdam, Ljubljana, and Dubrovnik.


RJ Duran

RJ Duran is the Prototyping Manager at Inworks with a broad background in research, engineering, design, emerging technology, and media arts. He strives to maintain a holistic perspective on the philosophy of technology while actively contributing to the development of new technologies and innovations across the arts and sciences. He is passionate about developing tools and systems that enable discovery, wonder, education, inquiry, and play.  At Inworks he’s a project mentor and instructor providing guidance and support in design and fabrication to students, faculty, and researchers at Downtown and Anschutz Medical Campus.


Gabriel-Bello Diaz

Gabriel-Bello Diaz is an engineer, designer and public school educator focused on empowering his community through entrepreneurial endeavors. With his expertise in digital fabrication and designing curriculum from K-12 and college, he works as a consultant to help transform schools and embedded a new approach to engineering within educational spaces. His research in robotic engineering has been published in several books and he has developed a variety of workshops at universities including Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Michigan University, The Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalonia and University of Sydney. Having participated in conferences like Robots in Architecture, Art and Design and Fab Lab Conferences he aims to continue his own education and exploration while bringing that back to his work in Seattle. More recently he has been accepted into Ultimakers Pioneer Program and was invited to Duke University for the Construct3D Conference in May 2017.



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GSS Colorado will migrate about several locations; while our public space focus will be based on downtown Boulder we will also be using facilities and visiting experts in across Boulder and in downtown Denver. A map of locations will be provided shortly.


We will migrate across various Boulder + Denver locations in an effort to engage with cutting-edge prototyping facilities and training from industry experts.


Inworks is an initiative of the University of Colorado Denver ? Anschutz Medical Campus for interdisciplinary innovation


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sensory deprivation

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Participants are expected to attend the full duration of the course– July 3-16 2017. Instruction runs Monday – Thursday 08:00-12:00; 13:00-15:00 and Fridays tbd. Please note while July 4th is a national holiday we will proceed with instruction to keep sync with other global nodes (and most celebrations commence in the afternoon with the main attraction being late evening fireworks). Additional optional sessions for fabrication and assistance will be offered.


Course instruction will be in English with Spanish assistance available.


You will be able to access our various locations via public transportation (Buses, light rail) and the occasional Uber pools. You will be provided all travel details. For those arriving at the Denver International Airport, you may take a bus directly to Boulder for $13 or light rail to downtown Denver.  It is possible to setup accommodations in Denver or Boulder, the two locations are 25 miles apart connected with express buses. Group accommodation options are also possible.


Two scholarships will be awarded for the GSS-Colorado node. To be eligible you must be a non-Colorado based participant. We are looking to create an international experience for all and help offset registration fees of those that will incur significant travel fees. To application will allow you to indicate your interest in being considered for a scholarship. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis (potentially before the May 30th deadline) so that international participants may secure travel arrangements early.



IAAC GSS COLORADO is open to creatives and innovators 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 technical, theoretical and experiential knowledge about strategies for human engagement in public spaces. in. Moreover, they will become familiar with aspects of prototyping–i.e. 3D design software, parametric modeling, and CNC fabrication methodologies. All participants that successfully complete the course objectives will receive a IAAC Global Summer School Diploma.


Each participant is responsible to investigate what documents are required for entry into the USA 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.


GSS fees are paid directly to IAAC; The Colorado fee is €700 (approx $750 USD). The fee 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. Participants may pay via Paypal, credit card or bank transfer.


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.