We have now entered a new digital age, and as we move towards the future, we embrace evolution, knowing that everything we interact with in our everyday lives will improve, be enhanced in its performance and potentially customised by its users. Features shift, defaults disappear, menus change.

How can we recognize transitions and anticipate mutations?

How to shape alternative solutions in Fab Cities?


In Brazil, the Fab City Curitiba is an invitation to take part of the transformation towards a more sustainable and accessible future for the cities that become locally productive and globally connected through collaboration and disruptive technologies.

Fab City is a movement that aims to transform the way we consume and produce almost anything in cities, making them more sustainable and resilient, by enabling local production and global collaboration using traditional knowledge and advanced technologies.

During the workshop, participants will explore a series of methodologies looking to incorporate in Fab Cities advanced design thinking, generative algorithms and dynamic material feedback to existing industrial processes, accompanied with novel interfaces for robotic programming and large-scale automated construction. Articulated to challenge the quality of feedback between design, material properties and making.


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. 



Gabriel is a consultant in design and maker. Graduated in Design from UTFPR. MSc candidate of the Design & Sustainability Research Center – UFPR. He worked in the development of new products for the industry as product designer. He specialized in Digital Fabrication at Fab Lab Barcelona in 2015 by Fab Academy. Currently he is Partner and consultant at We Fab, taking the Maker culture practices and values to big companies. Since 2017, when he represented the city of Curitiba in the adhesion to the Fab City project, he have been involved in the initiative, working in collaboration with other brazilian cities.


Alessandra is a Brazilian entrepreneur, consults on social development initiatives, supporting local communities’ pathways for social innovation. Currently working at Fab Lab Barcelona | Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. She is a former Chevening scholar at the Foreign and Commonwealth in the United Kingdom; with 10 years of experience in the field of in impact investing. Co-founded AGS Impact and SINE (Social Innovation Network for Entrepreneurs), in London. Graduated in Business at UFPR, master in Social Development Practice at UCL, and a specialization in Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD Business School.


Alessandra is an Architect and Urban Planner, public servant at the Curitiba City Hall, working at the Curitiba Agency of Development with innovation, internationalization and planning. Architect and Urbanism at PUC-PR, certificated in Urban management and Right to the City at Positivo University. Alessandra has an MA in International Planning and Sustainable Development at University of Westminster (UK), is a Chevening alumna, programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) and supported by the co-partner The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund.



Milena Juarez is an Environmental Engineer with master in Industrial Ecology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her main interests are in science, sustainability and social innovation. Currently working at Fab Lab Barcelona (IAAC) on a social innovation EU-project with focus on circular economy on a neighbourhood scale. The project has been evaluating the co-creation of possibilities for waste reuse through material innovation. With a large experience on academic researches, Milena is committed about contributing to a more circular world overcoming challenges of urban resilience.


GSS Curitiba 2019 Coordinator

Paula believes access to quality information and content can positively transform human kind. Graduated in  journalism at Unisul, with specialisation in Communication & Marketing Management, and Didactic and Higher Education Practice at USP.  She has worked with Education and new technologies with several companies and organizations in several cities in Brazil and abroad.


Aldo Sollazzo is an architect and researcher, an expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Master in Architectonic Design in 2007, Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC 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 the manager of Noumena, a firm embracing data-driven design, investigating between the boundaries of new digital paradigms and design strategies applied to architecture, robotics and fabrication, through a hands-on and experimental approach.


Laura Ruggeri is an Italian Economist specialised in International Relations, and currently the coordinator of the IAAC Global Summer School (GSS), as well as the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC). Her experience has a focus on international education and exchange, including Asian culture and language, Business Administration, and more. Her working path presents experiences in several different countries, mainly China, Canada, Italy and Spain.


IaaC GSS Curitiba 2019 location will be communicated soon.



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 Curitiba is 500 euros  (the local currency is approximately R$ 2.250,00 ) 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 1-14 of July 2019 and applications are open until the 27th of June 2018.

For more information email: [email protected]