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Educational Program - Global Summer School

Global Summer School


IAAC Global Summer School (GSS) is testing a distributed educational model seeking to generate a dynamic network based on distributed knowledge and collective actions.

GSS focus its research on multiscalar strategies for the construction of our inhabiting environments (home, city, planet). The last few years of technological, social, political, economic and cultural changes (at both the global and local scale) demand that we rethink what kind of habitat humanity will live in in the coming decades, given that space in all its aspects (landscapes, cities, places, buildings and bodies) is undergoing dramatic transformations.

The growing interest in managing climate change, in the embracing of the green agenda in urban development, in the development of techniques for local energy generation, in the incorporation of information technology into physical space and other relevant situations, call for a new vision of the evolution of the city and architecture.

This opens up a wide range of possibilities for the development of projects and initiatives that will help transform habitable spaces in line with the new requirements of both global and local users.

IGSS every year incorporates agendas with research and education goals that combines science and technology with architecture and urban planning. Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, Self-Sufficiency, Self-Fabrication, Self-Organization, Self- Design and Self and Collective Intelligence are some of the key words on which the academic agenda of the program focus.

The intention is not simply to interface with the built environment but to implement strategies that will transform built environments themselves into information systems.

Target: The program is aimed at students from a variety of compatible fields, such as Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Design, Landscape Architecture, Programming, etc.

Key Dates for the upcoming GSS_2014:

2014.01.07 - Program Announcement

2014.03.14 - Applications Open

2014.05.31 - Applications Close (BCN)

2014.06.14 - Payment Deadline (BCN)

2014.06.20 - International Applications Close

2014.07.08 - 2014 Program Begins

2014.07.22 - 2014 Program Ends

Previous Global Summer School Projects:
GSS_2008: Hyperhabitat (presented at the 11th Venice Biennale)

GSS_2009: Fab Lab House (presented at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010)

GSS_2010: Informalism

GSS_2011: NetworkCITY (presented at Ars Electronica)

GSS_2012: HelioCELL



If you have any specific queries, please direct them to applications@iaac.net or call (+34) 93 320 95 20.