“The door by breaching the wall, and by opening up to the “other”, can expose the wall for what it is, and reveal the underlying social constructs on which it is founded.

The act of breaching is in effect the moment of transgression. The opening of the door reveals the wall as wall, just as, in illuminating the limit, transgression exposes the limit as limit. The door, therefore, serves as the key for understanding the whole question of limit and transgression, of openness and exclusion.

[…] it represents in a more decisive manner how separating and connecting are two sides of precisely the same act”

in Rethinking Architecture by Neil Leach


The Green Fab Lab, as project promoted by IaaC, works towards the creation of a selfsufficient habitat and research centre at Can Valldaura. Located in the Collserola Natural Park, in the heart of the metropolitan area of Barcelona it has laboratories for the production of energy, food and things, where develops projects and academic programmes in association with leading research centres around the world. IaaC’s proposal aims on the requalification of the wood workshop’s door including a new innovative mechanical system focused on performative design and digital fabrication approaches. Rethinking of “what is the door”, which by definition is a barrier of wood, stone, metal, glass, paper, or a combination of materials, installed to swing, fold, slide, or roll in order to close an opening to a room or building.


The program considers this architectural element, the door, as a connection between the lab working space and the outer environment. The door is a part of the building envelope which needs to consider integration of connections and protection from rain and corrosion. The study of space and circulation would be part of identifying which kind of movement and or vehicles need to use the passage.
Structural analysis can be adopted to reduce the material where not needed, study of light, connection to the walls, possible integration of glass or other materials for transparency.
The students will develop a novel building system which might look on how to discretise a wide surface efficiently to match the stock size of the raw material, looking also at the connection which can be a dovetail joint, ideal for interlocking without glue.
The fabrication part could see the double side milling technique in order to integrate connections and design performance on both sides of the elements, on both sides of the building envelope, the inner and the outer ones. The classes will be tutored on computational physics simulations and prototyping in 1:1 scale. The final outcome of the course will conclude with the design and fabrication of the Door as an innovative and preformative architectural element that works as regulation of circulation and connection between the lab and the forest.



7th of Nov-Introduction

Brief and Machine introduction.

8th of Nov- Computational Class_10.00 13.00; 14.00 15.30

Q&A,Design strategies for parametric modeling.

9th of Nov-Studio Crits (IaaC Brief)

Feedback and Computational support on the project development.

10th of Nov-Digital Fabrication Class_10.00 13.00;14.00 15.30

RhinoCam theory and cnc Milling test based on the computational class assignment.Exercise Assignment: RhinoCam Strategy

11th of Nov-Fablab Assistance_10.00 13.00

Fablab stuff will assist on the milling machine and manual tools.


15th of Nov-Computational Class_10.00 13.00; Q&A, Kinematic structures 14.00 15.30.

16th of Nov-Studio Crits (IaaC Brief)

Feedback and Computational support on the project development.17th of Nov-Digital Fabrication Class_10.00 13.00;14.00 15.30

Class on Joinery and their implementation through digital fabrication.

RhinoCam and cnc Milling exercise applied on students development based on computational class assignment.18th of Nov-Robotic Class_10.00 13.00;14.00 18.00

Theory on robotic application in Architecture with explanation of kinematic movement properties.Kuka Prc session, Run the robot session (exercise).


22th of Nov. Computational Class_10.00 13.00; Q&A, 14.00 15.30

Simulation to Design. Application of real time physic simulations as part of the design process.

23th of Nov. Studio Crits (IaaC Brief)

Feedback and Computational support on the project development.

25th of Nov. Fablab Assistance_10.00 13.00

Fablab stuff will assist on the milling machine and manual tools.


28th of Nov. Digital Fabrication Class_10.00 13.00;14.00 15.30

Fabrication of the prototype for the final project.

29th of Nov. Computational Class_10.00 13.00;Q&A, 14.00 15.30

Data Visualization.

30th of Nov. Studio Crits (IaaC Brief) Feedback and Computational support on the project development.

1st of Dec. Fablab Valldaura Assistance_10.00 13.00; 14.00 18.00

Fablab stuff will assist on the milling machine and manual tools.

Final project fabrication.

2nd of Dec. Fablab Valldaura Assistance_10.00 13.00;Final Presentation_14.00 18.00

Fablab stuff will assist on the milling machine and manual tools.

Final project fabrication, Final Presentation.


Chirag Rangholia
Chirag is an architect with expertise in digital fabrication and computational design. He developed his interest through researching and developing interdisciplinary skills of architectural and parametric design at Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain, followed by graduating Fab Academy Diploma 2014 from Fab Lab Barcelona.

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.


Djordje Stanojevic
Djordje is an architect expert in digital and robotic fabrication. Master in Integrative technologies and architectural design research ITECH. Worked as student assistant for the ICD in the Robotic Manufacturing Laboratory and in the CasinoIT 3DPlot. Currently at the IAAC as Digital Fabrication and Computational Design Expert.

Rodrigo Aguirre

Rodrigo is an architect specialized in parametric tooling and digital fabrication. He holds a bachelor in architecture from UAM in Managua, Nicaragua and a master from IaaC. His collaboration with the Institute´s REsearch + DEvelopment department and IAAC special projects has involved advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design. He is a principal member of the computational faculty, and has acted as studio instructor for the masters program in 2014.

Eugenio Bettucchi
Eugenio is a student of Building Engineering and Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. His interest lies on digital simulation, robotic fabrication and the way of which these systems can interact. During his studies, he has attended several workshop about the aforementioned topics.

Bhanupratap Sharma
Bhanupratap heads the institute of architecture at IDEA. He perused Bachelor’s in Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad and then went to Canada for his Master’s in Urban Design at the University of Toronto. He worked and collaborated with numerous agencies in India, Middle East and North America before returning to India with exposure in industry, education & cross-disciplinary pedagogy. His areas of interest are humanities, theory of design and automobiles.

Stephen Gently Johnson Soundararaj
Stephen is currently associated with Indus University, Ahmedabad through research and academics, and his core research interest is generative processes in Architecture and automation possibilities of traditional crafts. He pursued Post Graduation research in Advanced Architectural Computation at Pune University in association with Politecnico di Milano and initiated architectural practice with his partner Brinda by 2011.


Jayant Khanuja
Jayant graduated from the faculty of design, CEPT University, India; where he developed a keen interest in computational design.While two years of working and teaching in India, he co-founded Algo Design studio. Later he pursued his Masters in Advanced Interaction from IAAC, Barcelona, Spain.
Currently, he works as a design intern at IAAC in the computational design department working on projects involving computational design as well as consulting with design firms in India and the UK as a computational design expert.


Francesca Conte
Francesca studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome “Sapienza” where she get her Master’s degree in Architecture in 2015. She started her career with Na3 Studio in Rome working on interior design. Currently she is part of the Noumena team with which she is developing her skills in computational design. At the same time she is member of the Coordination team of IAAC Visiting Programs at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain.


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.

Valldaura Lab

The Valldaura Labs is a research center focused on the idea of self-sufficiency, it is part of IaaC’s commitment to promote habitability on the basis of ecological principles, making the fullest use of all available technologies and resource.


Aravinth Kumar
Darshan Shah
Munjaal Desai
Sukhdevsinh Parmar
Parth Patel
Nature Jani
Richa Shan
Mahima Parikh
Kashvi Vora

Naitik Vakharia
Dhruti Patel
Rutu Patel
Helly Desai
Priyanshi Pathak
Keithy Gandhi
Rushvi  Kothari




November 2016


IAAC, Barcelona

FabLab, Valldaura



FABLAB Valldaura