RESULTS

INTRODUCTION

The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multi-scalar investigation on the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. Each year, international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects that are deeply embedded in diverse local conditions. Because of this, participants have an international laboratory to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in different cities where other teams reside. This intensive two week course connects each participant to ongoing research agendas in robotics, simulation, physical computing, parametric design, digital fabrication, and other relevant emerging design methodologies. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the multiscalar implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.

IAAC has an active alumni community distributed around the word allowing a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge. The constant involvement of the community in IAAC activities keeps the connections strong and fertile. IAAC GSS17 aims to empower the bonds with the community members, therefore places them in strategic positions which allows Global Summer School to take place simultaneously in different cities around the world: Barcelona, New York City, Monterrey, Moscow, Tehran, Ahmedabad, Beirut, Beijing, Boulder and San Josè.

BRIEF

Over the last decades a new generation of cities and urban planning paradigms have emerged. Technology has risen as a driving force defining new urban developments and government’s decisions. Cities have started to implement technology at different scales, providing more accurate models describing its functions, organization and relationships.

Within this context, Public Spaces are being redefined in their consistency.

The public space is the soul of the City. It is the area of overlap and interconnection: the place where the character of a Society is materialized and where all infrastructure networks that connect the City functional nodes come together. If the public space we inhabit today follows principles/protocols of the Industrial revolution, the Information society is boosting the emergence of new protocols for the design and performance of the various elements of Public Space.

GSS17 agenda focuses on the applications and implications of new technologies in the dynamic field of public space. Specifically GSS17 will focus on  the advancements of technologies of information, interaction and fabrication in the redefinition of public space, as catalyst for achieving resilience and high quality of life.

New modes of interaction among social, environmental and  economic agents can be fostered through the redefinition of the Public Space. How do we design and inhabit it? How does it perform? What does it produce?

As part of the GSS17 program, students will define strategies for the applications of Advanced Urban Technologies as essentials means for the change. Testing the combination of software and hardware students will explore real-time data capture, energy generation, storage and reuse, material adaptability, real-time management of time-uses and citizen-space interaction.

STRUCTURE

IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two-week course that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. Its structure consists in three main learning modules, led by expert tutors. In addition, 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. The lecture program will be announced prior to GSS commencement. The following three course modules aim towards a common objective: the fabrication of a 1:1 urban machining intervention, transferring and digitally interrelating multiple sets of data collected from hyper-connected cities.

ORGANIZERS

Aldo Sollazzo
Aldo is an architect and researcher. Master in Architectonic Design in 2007, Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia] in 2012, Fab Academy diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona, Aldo is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Aldo is the founder of Noumena and Reshape as well as the head of IAAC Visiting Programs.

Federica Ciccone
Master in Architecture in 2015 and Master in City&Technology at IAAC in 2017. Her interest in the field of Design, Landscape Architecture and Environment, saw her improving this knowledge sharing research experiences with the University of Thessaly, UCL DPU.S.Lab of Bartlett, University of Applied Arts of Wien,Unirc, Biennal of Landscape and IAAC. She is following multiple projects, often connected with her personal research in photography about the reflection in human behaviour of mutable urban contexts. She joined Noumena since 2016 and she is currently Coordinator of IAAC Visiting Programs.

TUTORS

Aldo Sollazzo
Aldo is an architect and researcher. Master in Architectonic Design in 2007, Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia] in 2012, Fab Academy diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona, Aldo is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Aldo is the founder of Noumena and Reshape as well as the head of IAAC Visiting Programs.

Starsky Lara
Starsky Lara is computation designer & product development Engineer, with experience in manufacturing, computer science and IoT, Master of Advanced Architecture (M.Arch) at IaaC and Master in Product Engineering and Manufacturing Processes (M.ENG) at UPC. In 2013, He has been part of project Eolic and DUMO as Software Developer and Project Manager. In 2014, he became part of Noumena by developing NERO. Currently, he is developing of VR-Edge, which is a Virtual reality tool for Web, where designers and journalism can build a new internet experiences.

Rodrigo Aguirre
Rodrigo is a Nicaraguan architect specialized in the fields of parametric tooling, digital fabrication and manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor in architecture at UAM (American University) in Managua, Nicaragua and completed the two year master in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona, Spain. His ongoing collaboration with the Institute´s REsearch + DEvelopment department and IAAC special projects has involved advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design.

Angel Munoz
Angel is a Programmer from La Rioja in Spain. Passionate for art, science, music and retro-futurism, he started programming (self taught) at the early age of 9. He worked in the interactivity and multimedia departments and in 2006 he began developing an interest in open hardware and studied Electronic Product Design obtaining a Higher Vocational Training Qualification. Since then he has also been collaborating in various projects, with IAAC and the Fab Lab Barcelona Pro team, including The machine to be another, Omnipresenz. First Vision, Smart Citizen. Angel is part of the IAAC Academic team as Physical Computing Expert.

Mathilde Marengo
Mathilde is an Australian – French – Italian PhD Architect whose research focusses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its speculative implications on the future of our planet – or the next. She is currently the Academic Coordinator and Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia’s Advanced Architecture Group, as well as being a PhD Supervisor within the InnoChain EU research project. Her work has been published internationally, as well as exhibited, among others: Venice Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Design Week, MAXXI Rome.

Chiara Farinea
Chiara  is an Italian architect and urban planner. She obtained the Phd in Urban Planning at IUAV (Venice), the Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC (Barcelona), the Architecture University Degree at Politecnico di Milano (Milan), and she studied one year in ETSAB (Barcelona) thanks to the Erasmus Program. She is member of the Association of Architects of Genova since ten years. She is currently Head of European Projects at IAAC and contract professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa. Moreover, she is founding partner at Gr.IN Lab art group, exhibiting installations in 2015 at Venice Arsenale and Turin for the Italia-China Art Biennale.

Africa Sabè
Àfrica is an architect. Her early work experience helped her develop her curiosity towards the experience of the products, the atmosphere that provides once installed in a project and how they change the space and ambience. Later on she developed a masters in architectural lighting design focussing on light and lighting and this fascinating “material”. About two years ago joined Santa & Cole projects department helping clients to get the most in their projects by using the company products and is continuing her affair with the company witnessing all phases of a product design and development.

Kunaljith Chadha
Kunal is an Indian architect and a Digital and Robotic fabrication researcher. His research interests involve synthesis of material knowledge with fabrication techniques and has been involved with various researches with biodegradable materials  Using robotic fabrication. Kunal is currently active in the academic field with workshops in India, Spain, Iran and France. Continuing his affair with ‘machines making architecture’, he joined the R+D department at IAAC in 2016.

Cristian Rizzuti
Cristian is an interactive media artist working across Barcelona and Rome. Graduated in Visual and Multimedia Art, Cristian has achieved a M-IA Master course at IUAV University of Venice focusing on interactive immersive environments. After his studies, Cristian has presented his works in mayor events and locations in Europe, such as Sonar Barcelona, MAXXI museum Rome, Venice Biennale, ZKM museum Karlsruhe. Always inspired by Science and mathematics, Cristian has focused his personal investigation on the role of human perception and the definition of synesthetic spaces and emotional sounds connected to the body. Being inspired by digital arts, live media and interactive experiments, Cristian’s works can be described as light sculpture installations.

SUPPORT

Sebastian Amorelli
Sebastian Amorelli is an Uruguayan Architect graduated from Universidad ORT Uruguay in 2016 with an Academic Excellence Award. His final research thesis on architectural programmatic hybridisation and its potential for urban renewal and reconfiguration was later selected as a paper for the University’s annual Research Journal.  He is currently completing his Master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) specialising in computational design and digital fabrication. His latest research project is focused on the intersection of nature and and the built environment and the possibilities of applying natural occurring processes for the benefit of human production and the creation of new ecosystems.

Armin Akbari
Armin Akbari is an Architect and an IAAC student doing a degree in Master of Advanced Architecture (MAA02). Before starting his adventurous studies at IAAC, his main concern was to find and develop computational methods and techniques for CAM purposes. After attending IAAC, his work has expanded to dissimilar activities from computational design to creating interactive systems and environments. Armin’s current interest is mainly developing techniques and tools for robotic fabrication.

Federica Ciccone
Master in Architecture and Engineering in 2015 and Master in City and Technology at IAAC in 2017. Her interest in the field of Design, Landscape Architecture and Environment, saw her improving this knowledge sharing research experiences with the University of Thessaly, UCL DPU.S.Lab of Bartlett, University of Applied Arts of Wien,Unirc, Biennal of Landscape and IAAC. She is following multiple projects, often connected with her personal research in photography about the reflection in human behaviour of mutable urban contexts. She joined Noumena since 2016 and she is currently Coordinator of IAAC Visiting Programs.

Iacopo Neri
Iacopo Neri studied at the University of Florence (UNIFI, Italy) – School of Architecture – and attended a Master in City and Technology at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC, Spain) after presenting a paper about Swarm Intelligences for crowd-based analysis during the Responsive Cities Symposium (2017, Barcelona). Currently he is studying new areas of dialogue between digital simulations and craftsmanship as computational designer at External Reference Architects (Barcelona, Spain), while he is involved in the organization of international workshops to discuss the role of computer graphics and parametric programming in the field of architecture as a researcher at MTSYSStudio (Florence, Italy).

Irina Shaklova
Irina is an architect and researcher from Moscow.
In 2015 she obtained Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC with a thesis devoted to robotic fabrication of algae based gels. After completing her master program she collaborated with the Fablab Moscow holding workshops on digital fabrication and organization of Moscow Mini Maker Faire, as well as instructing and coordinating IAAC GSS 2016 in Moscow. After that she proceeded at Ros_Falguera Arquitectura in Barcelona developing proposals for international competitions (getting a special prize for the bridge proposal in Riga). In 2017 she joined IAAC team and currently is working on Active Public Space European funded project.

LECTURES_BCN NODE

Phil Ayres
Africa Sabè
Tomas Diez

Luis Falcon
Areti Markopoulou

GLOBAL JURY

Efilena Baseta
Eugenio Bettucchi
Edouard Cabay
Ingi Guðjónsson

Marco Ingrassia
Ferdinand Meier
Dimitri Stefanescu
Ece Tankal

LOCATION

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is an educational and research centre dedicated to the development of an architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitability in the early 21st century.

PARTICIPANTS

Ramy Aydarous
Erika Stadnik
Suraj Arora
Salvador Calgua
Julia Ubeda Briones
Isabella Carriazo
Juan José Sánchez Aedo
Cielo Guadalupe Méndez
Margarita Flores Garza
Bárbara Garza Saldaña
Santiago López De La Cruz
Kassandra Carrizales Rayo
Melissa Medellín Almaguer
Anna Ortuño Von der Medden
Alejandra Aidé Cavazos Pequeño
María Andrea Villarreal Muñoz
Zaira Esther Cepeda Ávila
Elia Daniela Arzola Morato
Mihirkumar Madhubhai Vasani

Faisal Alqasoumi
Abdullah Alomar
Valentina Palazzolo
Alessandra Weiss
Prithvi Hedge
Jose Carlos Carvalho
Gloria Herranz
Francisco Ortuño
Miguel Ruíz Rivas
Alex Catala Cámara
Natalia Winnicka
Kevin Carrasco Rodríguez
Tomás Romero
Ana Guerrero
Luciana Teodózio
Robert Cropper
Vitor Carvalho
Camila Marques

WORKSHOP  TITLE

GLOBAL SUMMER SCHOOL

YEAR 

JULY 2017

LOCATION 

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona

Credits:

Video
Artur Tudela
Marco Sanalitro (Noumena)

Photos
Federica Ciccone (Noumena)

External Support to Computational Design
Eugenio Bettucchi (Noumena)
Marco Sanalitro (Noumena)