Our bodies are complex systems that are dynamic and kinetic, allowing us to navigate through the world, experience our surroundings, and communicate with others through sensing and feedback. In order to understand our surrounding environment, we rely on ours senses; sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.  New York City is a unique environment, layered with cultural diversity, historical attributes, architectural typologies, public spaces, and landscape ecologies that coalesce to form a dense urban network.  Walking around New York City, one experiences many different environments formed by visual information, sounds, smells, and textures.

This IaaC GSS node will focus on creating ‘body architectures’ that serve as mechanisms for augmenting the body in relation to the vertical architecture, urban spaces, and landscape systems that form the environment of New York City. These wearable devices serve to bring a hyper-awareness to the senses, as closed-loop cybernetic systems that utilize ‘digitized’ biometric and environmental data through the use of computational tools, sensing technologies, and actuation. The design of body architectures requires hybrid design, merging multi-disciplinary topics related to art, biology, biotechnology, design, fashion, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, computation, fabrication, and robotics.

The NYC IaaC GSS node invites applicants from various fields and backgrounds who share a common interest in design processes that involve making, tinkering, hacking, coding, data collection, 3D scanning, digital fabrication, and working with physical computing technologies to explore new possibilities for wearable body architectures that evolve human-machine-environment interactions.


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.


Module One will focus on 3D Scanning the body and surrounding context of New York using a LIDAR Scanner.


Module Two will focus on using biometric and environmental sensors to collect data and physical computing tools to actuate response.


Module Three will focus on 3D printing and casting elastomer materials to create wearables embedded with sensing and actuation technologies.


Module Four will focus on overlaying relevant virtual computer generated imagery  and contextual information on the wearable devices using Augmented Reality Technologies.



Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and experimental video making. Her book See Yourself Sensing (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011) collects the work of artists, interaction designers, architects and scientists who speculate on the future of the human sensorium through wearables, devices, head gear and installations. Her forthcoming book, See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (Black Dog Publishing, London, December 2017), looks at the future of the human head, using fashion, design, and technology to explore how we might extend into space, plug our head in, or make it disappear altogether. Schwartzman was the curator of See Yourself E(x)ist at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, an exhibition in which eighteen artists explore the future of humans and nature. She was the curator of Objects of Wonder at the Beall Center for Art +Technology and See Yourself Sensing at San Jose State University. All three exhibitions are the result of her books, and her offshore brain: her See Yourself Sensing blog on Facebook. She is a long term Adjunct Professor at Barnard College and a senior Part time Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons: the New School for Design, where she teaches architectural design, drawing, video production and time-based media. Schwartzman has received grants and awards for her work in film, sculpture and architecture, including a residency at the American Academy in Rome. Her films and videos have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, most recently at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and an upcoming screening of her 16mm Campus Trilogy at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York City.



Behnaz Farahi is a designer and creative technologist based in Los Angeles working at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. Trained as an architect and specializing in 3D printing and physical computing, her ultimate goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and their environment by following morphological and behavioral principles inspired by natural systems. Behnaz is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2016 World Technology Design Award and the 2016 Innovation By Design Fast Company Design Award. Her work has been featured on various television channels, including the BBC and CNN, and in leading journals and newspapers, such as Wired and The Guardian.


Wendy W Fok, trained as an architect, is the creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS, LLC (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and Resilient Modular Systems, PBC (Socially Missioned Venture).  She is featured as Autodesk Remake’s list of 25 Women in Reality Computing (2017), winner of the Autodesk AiR Fellowship (2016), Young CAADRIA Award (2015), Digital Kluge Fellowship awarded by the Library of Congress (2014/15), the Art Director’s Club of New York’s ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA (American Institute of Architects) Dallas “Express Yourself” Women in Architecture Award (2013), and selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011) and the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009). Fok completed her Doctor of Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Fok is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design Strategies (SDS).


Dr. Madeline Gannon is a multidisciplinary designer inventing better ways to communicate with machines. In her research, Gannon seeks to blend knowledge from design, robotics, and human-computer interaction to innovate at the intersection of art and technology. Her work has been internationally exhibited at leading cultural institutions, published at ACM conferences, and widely covered by diverse media outlets across design, art, and technology communities. Her interactive installation, Mimus, was awarded an Ars Electronica STARTS Prize Honorable Mention in 2017, and she was also named a 2017 World Economic Forum Cultural Leader. Gannon holds a PhD in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University, where she explored human-centered interfaces for autonomous fabrication machines. She also holds a Masters in Architecture from Florida International University.


Michael Szivos is the founder of SOFTlab, a design studio based in New York City. The studio was created by Michael shortly after receiving a graduate degree in architecture from Columbia University. SOFTlab has won numerous awards including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers in 2012, and New Practices New York awarded by the AIA Chapter of New York in 2010. The studio has designed and produced projects across almost every medium, from digitally fabricated large-scale sculpture to interactive design to immersive digital video installations. As a studio, SOFTlab embraces projects through a mix of research, craft, and ideas. In addition to running SOFTlab, Michael also teaches core graduate design studio at Yale University and is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.



Nancy is a registered architect and founder of Augmented Architectures, NY. Nancy has been awarded several fellowships namely NYSCA/Storefront, MacDowell Colony, EYEBEAM, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. She has a BArch in Architecture from Lusiada University and a Masters and PhD from the Bartlett Graduate School, UCL. She is an affiliated researcher at ISTAR Digital Living Spaces Lab, ISCTE, Lisbon Portugal and at WSNL Wireless Sensor Network Lab, XJTLU, Suzhou, China. Nancy is currently an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,  NY and has previously held permanent academic positions in the US, China, the UK, Italy and Portugal.


Frank Melendez is an architect and educator practicing in New York City. Frank is an Assistant Professor at The City College of New York, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York, NY. Frank holds an architecture degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. In 2013, Frank was awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Eliciting Environments | Actuating Response. His professional experience includes working at Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Urban A&O.


Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with digital practices. She is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), School of Architecture and Design. Since 2013, she is also the founding partner of OSW- Open Source Workshop, a practice networked in Europe and USA that explores open source methods for design. She holds a Master in Architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York.


Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect, urban designer and community builder in New York City. She is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on future cities.  Maria is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE where she created ONE Lab, an experimental school that combines design and science in a singular curriculum. She served as the Academic Director of Global Programs at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), where she created programs in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, Cape Town and New York. She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ETEX Corporation, a bio-tech company in Cambridge, MA. Maria is an inventor, who holds 18 technology patents.



MYND Workshop partner and co-founder Dallas Bennett is a graduate from the City College of New York. After migrating to New York in 2005, he worked for years doing prop design and fabrication for the film and event planning industries. His portfolio of projects includes work for high profile clients such as Spotify, AOL, Audi and Converse. This past experience provided Dallas with a sharp eye for detail and an understanding of how important planning and a clear and thorough set of shop drawings are to achieve a project on time and on budget. He currently acts as CTO at MYND Workshop and is also involved in a research project on new methods for rapidly capturing buildings in 3D formats.


MYND Workshop partner and co-founder Michael Robison is a graduate from the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Having worked for high end architecture and interior design firms in New York, he is conscientious of the value of reliable building survey documents. Having spent countless hours in planning meetings and on job sites, Michael has a solid insight into the tailored needs of AEC professionals as they plan for documenting unique and challenging projects. He currently acts as CEO at MYND Workshop and is also developing a book on design principles and processes.


Sebastian Morales is an artist, engineer and researcher based in NYC. He develops interactive works at the intersections of robotics, digital culture and living systems. Born and raised in Mexico, he moved to the United States in 2009, where he has lived since.  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering by IIT and a MPS in Interactive Telecommunications by NYU. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Mana Contemporary creating speculative symbiotic relationships between organic and inorganic forms of life.


Woraya (Mint) Boonyapanachoti is a designer and creative technologist based in New York City. With her background in Architecture and Design and a Master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU, her work focuses on immersive visualizations and integrating emerging technologies to explore new boundaries of reality and create engaging interactive experiences. Prior to moving to NYC in 2016, she worked in Japan and Thailand and was involved in many types of projects, including architecture, scenography, fashion, and music.


IaaC GSS NY 2018 takes place at the New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY.

19 Morris Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 488-7005
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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.


Fee for New York is 850.00 USD  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. GSS18 dates are from 2-14 of July 2018 and applications are open until the 27th of June 2018.

For more information email: [email protected]