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Educational Program - THE NEXT CITY 2014


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7th IaaC Global Summer School Edition

Following the international success of the Global Summer School 2013 edition (Productive City), the GSS Program returns with a brief focusing on the Next City, or more appropriately, Our Next City.  What comes after the Smart City?  How will our daily lives be different?  Can we imagine a city where it isn’t electricity that mediates our lives, but instead, biological actuators communicate to us information about our environment?  How can we imagine the re-urbanization of our cities when new forces shape its growth?  How will wearable technology affect the way we interact with the city?

The Global Summer School 2014 Program will implement the following strategies:

• Parametric Design
• Digital Fabrication
• Alternative Energy Sources
• Wearable Technology
• Bio Sensors and Actuators
• Material Computation
• Physical Computing


As with each Global School, a multiscalar, and multi-site approach will be utilized to explore how the agenda unfolds with the particular economic, biological, and social factors of each locale.  

• At the urban scale, we will imagine how a city could evolve under different forces

• At the building scale we will reconstruct a ‘smart city block,’ capable of producing and mitigating its production to and from the city.

• At the tectonic scale we will explore deployable systems and wearable technology

The 2014 IAAC GSS seeks to generate a series of fabricated prototypes which address the agenda through the multiple scales.


2014.03.14 - Applications Open
2014.05.01 - Applications Close
2014.05.31 - Payment Deadline
2014.07.08 - Program Begins
2014.07.22 - Program Ends


The program is aimed at students and professionals coming from all design  and science related fields including architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, interaction design, fashion design, fine art, industrial design, physics, mathematics. biology, computation, anthropology, etc.  Interested participants in associated fields such as economics, sociology,and political science are also welcome.


IAAC Faculty, Fab Lab Barcelona Faculty, local IAAC Alumni, local IAAC Collaborators, and further collaborators make up the international team for the GSS.


The GSS includes tutorials on digital fabrication strategies, physical computing, design software and computation; site visits to critical projects and offices; lectures from invited guests; international discussions between locations.


Each location will implement the following software for the creation of prototypes:

McNeel Rhinoceros 3d (Windows)
Autodesk Ecotect


The course is in English, all sessions, conferences and meetings with supervisors are in English so there is no requirement of knowledge of Spanish language.  Local sites should be prepared to host international applicants.


All participants will receive an official certificate by IAAC and the Fab Lab BCN stating their attendance at the course and verifying their knowledge in the software’s used as well as in Digital Fabrication techniques.


Barcelona - €1800


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