In a few more years, worsening climate conditions will have an irreversible effect on every aspect of our society. Global greenhouse gas emission rate is one of the measure of the impact of an industry or sector to climate change. It is said that one third of the total annual global emissions come from the building industry. The cement sector alone accounts for 5% of global man-made emissions.

Embodied energy of materials is also one of the factors being monitored in identifying the effects of a material to the environment. “Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the mining and processing of natural resources to manufacturing, transport and product delivery.” Lessening the embodied energy of materials used in construction will help in lessening the impact of the building industry to the environment. It is our duty as key players in the building industry to develop new industry standards in lowering our impact to the environment.

Using locally sourced and produced materials can reduce the embodied energy used in the local building industry. One such material is Bamboo. Bamboo is a renewable building material readily available locally. Properly propagated, sourced, and treated bamboo is as robust as modern construction materials. The main problem bamboo architecture faces is the skill required to build proper connections and joints.

How can these be addressed by advanced architecture?

GSS 2019 Manila Node participants will be able to explore advanced design and fabrication techniques, through parametric software and digital fabrication tools. The program will tackle the challenges in designing complex structures and how parametric software can help rationalize the construction process. Students will be able to design their own pavilion using bamboo and digitally fabricated bamboo connectors.

The final output is a large scale parametrically designed pavilion that bridges the gap between designing and building with bamboo.


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. 



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Christian is one of the founders and architect of BLK 44 Inc., a design firm integrating computational design processes and local manufacturing techniques to fabricate and construct their designs. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas – College of Architecture. He gained his professional license ranking 1st in the national architecture licensure exams in 2015. He is also an architect lecturer at the De Lasalle – College of St. Benilde, School of Design and Arts. With backgrounds in construction and computational design, he currently explores local applications and relationships of computational design, vernacular construction, and digital fabrication processes to the rapidly shifting paradigms of the built environment. His research focus is on how to improve traditional construction and fabrication techniques using 21st century algorithmic design processes and digital fabrication.


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Cesar Concio III is an architect and urban designer focusing on the study of the varied forms of spatial equity, and its scalar differences in terms of architecture and urban design. This interest came from his complementary education in urban design and planning in the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and architecture from the University of the Philippines – pedagogical dipoles venn diagrammed in the curiosity of space. Supplementary courses in the Harvard Graduate School of Design and in the continuing education program of Cambridge University have broadened his perception of space and furthered his endeavour to apply this knowledge in practical and relevant terms in the Philippines through being faculty of De Lasalle – College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, and his design firm, 3rdCUBE.


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Harry is the Principal Architect of Future Commons, a Sustainability- focused research and design office. He holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and a Master in Integrated Sustainable Design from The National University of Singapore. He has almost two decades of experience in the fields of architecture, planning and graphics in nine countries. He is currently chair of the architecture program of the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde- School of Design and Arts in Manila. He is also the Philippine correspondent for Futurarc Magazine. 


ARCH. GERARD THOMAS F. JOSON – Digital to Fabrication

The onset of software development such as Grasshopper for Rhino and Dynamo for Revit has orchestrated a shift towards computational design. The involvement of computational strategies in the design process proposes a plethora of opportunities and the freedom to create. The model becomes responsive to changes in user-determined variables enabling more complex geometries to be produced.

The crux of this kind of digital process, however, is the perceived difficulties during the fabrication stage, especially the feasibility of the projected output. If computational software can help in streamlining the design process by the ease of manipulating parameters to influence design, can this same parametrization logic be carried over to the construction stage? How can we bridge design between the digital realm and the physical world?

We can look at two opposite spectra of construction to explore the possibilities that each may offer. Traditional construction methods may cover manipulation of materials like sawing, cutting and bending through conventional tools while digital means may be achieved with the use of computer aided machines to automate the handling of materials.

With the aid of robust software advancements, the entirety of the design and production process today has become holistic, intelligent, and responsive.


The School of Design and Arts (SDA)  is one of the 6 schools of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). Spearheading the Learner-Centered Education philosophy, it believes in the uniqueness of each individual learner and the active engagement of the learners in the process of learning. In 2007, the College opened the new building of the School of Design and Arts, a landmark structure that represents the innovative and creative spirit of the DLS-CSB, which is divided in three clusters, covering the 14 programs: Environment Studies (Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Fashion Design & Merchandising); New Media Studies (Multimedia Arts, Digital Film, Animation, Photography) and Benildean Arts & Culture (Theater Arts, Production Design, Music Production, Dance, Arts Management, Design Foundation).

The School of Design and Arts Architecture Program (SDAAR) is the 37th Architecture School in 2009 IN Metro Manila alone, made unique in the sequencing of significant course offerings, the addition of business courses as specialization and the strong Design Foundation courses as a pre-requisite to the Architectural Design majors. The official approval for its opening came two weeks prior to the enrolment period for SY 2009-2010. SDAAR officially started with 30 freshmen students and 1 transferee from Engineering and 5 Faculty members in the initial roster. In 5 years’ time, the program has grown to over 800 students with 80+ Faculty members. Now, it is considered to be one of the top architecture schools in the region, endeavouring to produce architects that are competitive, relevant and agents of positive change, with excellence in design and business.



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 Manila is PHP 10,000.00  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.


To participate to the GSS19 Manila programme, please contact [email protected]