Our vision is clear in term of establishing sustainability’s pillars as a key component of our development journey, which is part of the national agenda. We are committed to sustainability, which is a top priority that we strive to implement taking into consideration environment conservation, and balance between economic and social development, to provide people the best quality of life and ensure happiness of community,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

As part of this vision UAE has dedicated a sustainability pavilion as one of the three pavilions at Dubai expo 2020, presenting the opportunity to deliver an aspirational message about the natural world, ecology and technology to a global audience.

The dutch sustainable research topic for the expo 2020 was applied for growing food, “The gulf region is a massive water and energy consumer, with most of its food im- ported”. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates several components in order to enhance a community’s environmental, economic and social well-being.


Throughout our natural world, patterns are incredibly pervasive — whether they be spirals, fractals, tessellations, stripes, or even simple symmetry, they can be seen in nearly all living or nonliving things on Earth. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that these patterns are not randomly generated; rather, they are intricately connected to natural laws of mathematics, physics, and biology! By looking at these natural patterns, we can begin to explore the intersection of math and science with our organic world which allow us to develop geometries and forms.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two weeks course, 7-20 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.

The workshop aims to illuminate the ingenuity and possibility of architecture as society looks to intelligent strategies for sustainable future living. The focus will be on how to implement physical and digital computation through digital fabrication to create a responsive system that fits in the urban fabric and to build an infrastructure that can shape the city.



| Tutor and Head of program

Abdullah is Dubai based design manager and architect, he holds a Master degree of Advanced Architecture from #iaac in Urban Science – Intelligent Cities graduated with excellence in a research thesis about creating architectural productive systems based on an agent-based mathematical algorithms generated to calculate the spaces needed for the user to interact and create the suitable place in terms of area and function. He has pursued his research in Robotically 3D printing Performative Architecture using clay/earth. His curiosity in electronics and programming led him to the MIT Fab Academy in Fab Lab BCN and conceived a topic in self-organizing mini robots. He has taught and assisted multiple seminars and workshops at IaaC. His interest focuses on structure design and analysis, and the translation of design computation and fabrication to architecture.


| Design Computation Expert

Michel is a Lebanese architect with a master’s degree from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. His thesis demonstrated his investigations in urban morphologies under war and conflict conditions. He has a passion in exploring advanced modeling tools and smart geometries. He specializes in parametric design and design optimization.

He has been conducting independent re- search on form-finding using different coding languages.

Michel has also assisted several seminars in design computation and architectural theory.


Techarc – Al Serkal avenue – Dubai




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, but assistance will be given in Arabic language.


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 Dubai is 1100 € 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 7-20 of July 2019 and applications are open until June 2019.

For more information email: [email protected]