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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?

As Kevin Kelly says, the Future we are moving towards is the product of a process – a becoming – that we can see right now.

More than half of the world’s population has already chosen to live in cities, a phenomena that is expected to rise to 70% by 2050.
High impact consumption patterns, environmental degradation and persistent inequity are only a few of the issues that affect contemporary cities.
However, cities also offer, per capita and in a limited space, high access to infrastructure and services, including water, energy and mobility, making them fertile terrain to provide realistic answers to some of the global challenges we are to face in the near future.

The IaaC Global Summer School 2019 will question some of these impending challenges, envisioning how we can reconfigure infrastructure, manage resources, establishing new paradigms for cities, buildings, matter and citizens. Through its distributed and multidisciplinar network of Nodes, global teams of researchers, students, and institutions will define and prototype actions for the application of Advanced Digital Design Strategies as essentials means for this change.



IAAC Global Summer School (GSS) is a full-time two week summer course happening every july, which provides both practical and theoretical knowledge to participants.
The program is led by expert tutors, combined with lectures held by renowned professionals and academics to be treated during the program of each node and broadcasted simultaneously  worldwide for all the different nodes-cities, globally connected. The GSS participants will work on a 2 week local workshop referred to the GSS BECOMING brief in the chosen node-city.

During the workshop, the GSS participants will attend specific classes to then realize and prototype a final project.
The GSS students will have the opportunity to present their node’s outcomes globally connected with a selected IAAC jury and the other GSS nodes, to finally receive a GSS diploma.


Are you a student or professional with a creative and innovative mind interested in the fields of architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, design and prototyping?
By becoming one of the GSS participant, you will join a unique global agenda having an international laboratory at your disposal to test:
–new design hypothesis
–innovative architecture and design proposals
–digital use of computational design softwares
–fabrication of a final prototype (its scale could vary from each node)




IAAC has an active Alumni community distributed around the world, allowing a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge.
The constant involvement of the community in IAAC activities keeps the connections strong and fertile.

Thanks to IAAC Alumni collaborations, IAAC aims to empower the bonds with the community members placing them in strategic countries to allow the GSS program global extension in different Nodes-cities around the world, such us in:
Barcelona, New York City, Hong Kong, Pune, Moscow, Tehran, Melbourne, Beirut, Budapest, Shanghai, Quito and more.

Counting on this strong network, the GSS participants can therefore choose the node to which apply to between the ones present in the IAAC GSS nodes network.

IAAC Global Summer School 2019 dates are from the 1st to the 13th July 2019. You can submit your application until the 26th June 2019 // seats are limited.

Applications will be accepted until the maximum number of students is reached and considered valid once all required documents mentioned in the online application form of each node, including the receipt of the fee payment, have been submitted. Find detailed information about the fee payment and requirements within each node’s webpage.

Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona

Direct phone:
(+34) 93 320 95 20

IAAC GSS info at:
[email protected]