RESULTS

This year, IAAC Global Summer School reached a positive outcome with more than 160 international participants and 11 active nodes all around the world.

INTRODUCTION

This year, IAAC Global Summer School reached a positive outcome with more than 160 international participants and 14 nodes all around the world. 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 implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.

Thanks to IAAC active alumni community distributed around the world that allows a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge, GSS18 aims to empower the bonds with the community members, therefore places them in strategic positions to ensure the Global Summer School to take place simultaneously in different cities worldwide such as Barcelona, New York, Monterrey, Moscow, Tehran, Chandigarh, Beirut, Budapest, Shanghai, Quito and more.

BRIEF

DISTRIBUTED FOOD SYSTEM

The paradigm of mixed cities has transformed the urban environment in spaces for interaction, work, culture, food production, and energy collection. Cities are playing a major role in the transformation of politics, in the configuration of a new role of citizenship, multicultural and hyperconnected. Urban habitats are becoming accelerators of economical, social and environmental changes that are already defining the Global Agenda of the World. Defining a strategy for production and manufacturing however, still plays a minor role in Cities and has been systematically disregarded by planners for years. Ironically, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 800 million people worldwide grow vegetables or fruits or raise animals in cities, producing an astonishing 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food.

How can we define a real strategy for the implementation of urban agriculture?
How can technology drive this change, turning public spaces into productive environments empowered by sensors and robotic mechanisms to monitor the context?
How can we design and make distributed food systems?

The Distributed Design Market Platform is a Creative Europe project that aims to foster the development and recognition of emerging European Maker and Design culture by supporting makers, their mobility and circulation of their work, providing them with international opportunities and highlighting the most outstanding talent. DDMP will improve the connections among makers, designers and the market, providing thus tools, strategies, guides, contents, education, events, networks in order to enable them to commercialize their creations. This project aims at promoting and improving the connection of makers and designers with the market (Maker to Market) by strengthening the creative community of Fablabs.io, the online social network of the international Fab Lab community with more than 13,000 registered users located in more than 40 countries and in more than 1,200 Fab Labs.

In the context of the Fab City Summit, organized by the Fab City Grand Paris Association, the Fab City Collective, and the City Hall of Paris, IAAC GSS18 – Paris is offers a hands-on opportunity, to propose and implement concrete strategies aimed at activating urban public spaces into sites where both agricultural produce and energy are harvested. During the program, participants will use both digital and physical tools to shape an urban vegetable garden in the iconic green park of La Villette in Paris. Computation and robotics will be leveraged to explore design processes in response to qualitative and quantitative factors affecting both crop production and the technological systems implemented to monitor performance.

STRUCTURE

IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two week course beginning on the 2nd of July and ending on the 14th. Participants are provided with both practical and theoretical knowledge through the expertise of their tutors. The curriculum also includes the lectures of professionals and academics of renown in their respective fields on topics that tie in directly with the themes explored during the hands-on learning undertaken throughout the program. GSS participants are divided in groups to develop a final project to be presented globally in front of other GSS connected nodes and a selected jury.

AEROBOT_Group #1

AEROBOT is a data collection tool that consist of a aerostatic balloon fixed by 4 cables and controlled by motors.

TEAM:

RAMZI ABUNEMREH

SEMENOVA LIUDMILA

BUGNIOT CELIA

CONGZHENG ZOU

SAIMON SKURICHIN

MAHESHWARI ISHITA

SORAYA BORNAZ

DRONE_Group #2

The starting point of our project is the Parrot bebop 2, a drone that we used to collect data in the context of agriculture. To do so, we had to create firstly a series of accessories for the drone, which is going to be programmed to fly automatically and without someone controlling it so that it could became more easily adaptable do the devices we required for the data survey, and to make it more suitable for the “on field” operations. Then we proceed to the actual purpose of our work, collecting data. While flying over the crops, the drone, which wasp-programmed to fly automatically and without someone controlling it, took images of the plants that we later used to create a tridimensional recreation of the area and most of all, of the plant and their leaves, in order to control their health and conditions. This project could go further in the future, creating a new way of collecting datas, starting from agriculture, moving to other field of application, relying on drones and all those other new technologies that are quickly developing and becoming easily available to everyone.

TEAM:

BENEDETTA BELTRAMI

MARIO GONZALEZ

ZAHEED LOKHANDWALA

FRANCESCA POLI

CRISTINA PRIAVOLOU

GIACOMO TAGNIN

ROVER_Group #3

In the workflow of the team we strived to not just divide the tasks based on discipline or title but to develop, conclude and execute always departing from a team consensus. Each step in the process went through a thorough examination in which each team member shone his or her light on the task at hand. This workflow led to an organic, fluid and democratically generated creation process. Due to the variety in disciplines team members were able to inspire, educate and collaborate in a fresh and thought provoking manner.

TEAM:

KASPAR ERHARDT

HASNAA BENLAFKIH

ISABELLE TELLIE

MATTHIJS DIEDERIKS

BÁRA VIÐARSDÓTTIR

LETTUCE THINK_Group #4

TEAM:

ANDRÉ ROCHA

MICHAEL PODEVIN

ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
Tomas Saraceno: AEROCENE

ORGANIZERS

Aldo Sollazzo
Director
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.

Laura Ruggeri
Coordinator
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. In more recent years, Laura has developed an interest in arts, design and architecture, through the development and management of several international events and platforms in these fields, among which the Responsive Cities Symposium, part of the Active Public Space EU project; ITmakES, a cultural design sharing platform between Italy and Spain, powered by the Italian Consulate in Barcelona.

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.

Eugenio Bettucchi
Eugenio has a degree in Building Engineering & Architecture from Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (IT). He developed his thesis focusing on robotic material deposition based on real-time feedback between digital simulation and physical environment. Actually he is senior designer at Noumena and his interests and skills lie in computational design, digital fabrication and the way of which these systems interact. During his studies, he assisted several seminars and courses as external faculty at IaaC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) and collaborated in many workshops & research projects in international events related to the computational and fabrication fields.

Jonathan Minchin 
Jonathan Minchin is currently serving as a Coordinator of the Green Fab Lab at Valldaura Labs. He is also co-founder of the Open Source Beehives Project (OSBH). Jonathan holds a masters degree in International Cooperation and Sustainable Emergency Architecture (2010). This led to his work experience with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica, with UNESCO in Cuba, and Basic Initiative in Tunisia. He also has professional experience working within architectural practices in both England and Spain where he was focused on urban development projects. Jonathan is an alum of both Fab Academy and Bio Academy. Previously, he studied the Fine Arts and Design Craftsmanship.

Adrien Rigobello
Adrien Rigobello is a Computational Designer, Industrial Engineer & Strategic Designer based out of Paris. At Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, he is Academic Coordinator for the Advanced Master Design by Data and manages the Makerspace & Mobility lab program. With seven years of experience in Industrial Project Management within the Life Sciences industry, and two years serving as a Strategic Designer for interdisciplinary creative workshops in Europe (through Open Science School), Adrien is a swiss knife so to speak. Inquisitive in nature, he also has a personal Computational Design practice among thr34d5, an international interdisciplinary design group.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS

Johan Jasser Salas Castro
Gabriele Liuda Jureviciute

GLOBAL LECTURES 2018

Petra Gruber // GSS Melbourne
Jan Knippers // GSS Quito
Tomas Diez // GSS Paris

Alexandre Dubor // GSS Barcelona
Madeline Shwartzman // GSS New York
Axel Korner // GSS Quito

GLOBAL JURY

Areti Markopoulou – IAAC Academic Director
Peter Hannape – Researcher at SONY CSL Paris
Eduard Cabay – IAAC Senior Faculty / APPAREIL Founder
Mona Ghandi – Autodesk Residency at IAAC
Stuart Maggs – CEO at Scaled Robotics

Alexandre Dubor – IAAC MRAC / OTF co-director
Chiara Farinea – IAAC Head of European Projects
Ilaria La Manna – Co-founder at Fab Lab Argentina
Federica Ciccone – IAAC Eu project coordinator
Alex Mademochoritis – IAAC MaCT, CIEE coordinator

LOCATION

Parc de la Villette

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.

Cité des Sciences – Fab Lab Carrefour

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

Congzheng zou
Zaheed Lokhandwala
Célia Bugniot
Mario Gonzalez
Ramzi Abunemreh
Hasnaa Benlafkih
Soraya Bornaz
Christina Priavolou
Saimonas Skurichinas
Kaspar Erhardt
Matthijs Diederiks

Isabelle Tellie
André Rocha
Michael Podevin
Bára Viðarsdóttir
Francesca Poli
Ishita Maheshwari
Benedetta Beltrami
Liudmila Semenova
Giacomo Tagnin
Benjamin Denjean

WORKSHOP  TITLE

IAAC GLOBAL SUMMER SCHOOL

YEAR 

JULY 2018

LOCATION 

Parc de la Villette (Paris, France)

Cité des Sciences – Fab Lab Carrefour (Paris, France)

IN COLLABORATION WITH

Distributed Design Market Platform (DDMP)

Advanced Master Design by Data (École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris)

Fab City Global

Credits:

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC)

Distributed Design Market Platform (DDMP)

Fab City Campus

Fab City Global

ROMI

Design by Data

Photos
Stefano Borghi