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Vicente Guallart (IAAC Founder) - participant speaker at Roca Gallery

Vicente Guallart is one of the participant speakers for the :
Arquitectura y futuro
¿Dónde os llevamos?
at the Roca Gallery on Thursday the 15th of December at 19.30h.

for more information fllow the link:


4th Advanced Architecture Competition - final results

"CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data"
Organized by The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and HP.

275 proposals from 98 countries were evaluated through the internet from October to December by the following jury members of the 4th ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE CONTEST:
Aaron Betsky, Architect. (Cincinnati, USA).
Antony Brey, Urbiotica. Spain.
Lucy Bullivant, Architectural Curator. UK.
Lucas Cappelli, Architect. Director of the Advanced Architecture Contest.
Vicente Guallart, Architect. Chief Architect city of Barcelona.
Juan Herreros, Architect. School of Architecture Madrid (Spain).
J.M. Lin, Architect. The Observer Design Group. (Taipei, Taiwan).
Marta Male-Alemany, Architect. Acting Director IAAC.
Areti Markopoulou, Architect. IaaC Master Program Director
Josep Mias, MIAS Architectes. (Spain).
Willy Muller, Architect. Director Barcelona Regional.
Michel Rojkind, Architect, Principal Rojkind Architects (Mexico).
Nader Tehrani, Director School of Architecture MIT (Boston, USA).

Each juror has selected a first, second, and third prize, and honourable mentions in some cases. The jury voted on a total of 17 proposals.

The jury has decided to award the following contestants:
The first prize has been awarded to the project "CITYDATASENSING" designed by Castillo
Navarro Francisco (Spain)
The second prize is for the project "THE CYBORG LANDSCAPE", designed by Andres Martin-Pozuelo David, Sara Fernandez Almendariz and Laura Sempere Pomares (Spain)
The third prize is for the project "RCNHA 2030+" by Peter Malaga and Martin Lukac (Slovakia)

The jury has agreed to give 7 honourable mentions to the following proposals:
- STUFF CLOUD - Lopez Hernandez Jose Alejandro (Canada)
- REVOLUTION. EVOLUTION OF THE CITY BLOCK - Mindaugas Glodenis (Lithuania)
- THE SECOND SECOND CITY - Newmeyer Allison, Stewart Hicks (United States)

For more info follow the link: http://www.advancedarchitecturecontest.org/contest/index.html#top
- DOS Design Our Society - Alessandro Zena, Davide Pagiaro (Italy)
- 0kWhcity - Gabriele Molfetta, Luca Raffo, Fabio Trovato, Selene Vacchelli, Davide Ventura (Italy)
- FIN´S LABYRINTH - Hicks Stewart, Allison Newmeyer, Joseph Altshuler (United States)
- THE DATA-CITIZEN DRIVEN CITY - Sara Alvarellos, Cesar Garc (Spain)

The jury would like to thank the effort carried out by all contestants, and encourages the development of ideas which transform cities into more efficient and stimulating environments for the human life.


Smart City Tour - 22@ District

Join the Smart City Tour and visit at IAAC today.

IAAC is part of the Smart City Tour at 22@ District among others like the Media Tic building, the ME hotel etc. For more info you can download the pdf.

Marta Malé- Alemany at the Digital Crafting Symposium- Copenhagen 25th Nov.

Marta Malé - Alemany, Acting Director of IAAC, is participating in the  Digital Crafting Symposium at Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation on the 25th of November.

The lecture of Marta Malé -Alemany will be under the title : 

¨FABBOTS: Customized Robotic Devices for Design and Fabrication¨


Endesa Pavilion - under construction

The construction of the Endesa Pavilion started on the past Wednesday at the Olympic Port in Barcelona.

The Endesa Pavilion is a research project designed by IAAC as a test platform for Smart Grid Technologies.

IAAC Founders planning the city of Barcelona

The founders of IAAC are now planning the future of the city of Barcelona.

Vicente Guallart,former Director and Co-Founder of IAAC was appointed as the Chief Architect of Urban Habitat at Barcelona City Hall

Willy Müller, former Co-Director of the Master in Advanced Architecture and Co-Founder of IAAC is now the General Director of the Regional agency of Barcelona.

CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data- The 4th Advanced Architecture Contest

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and HP are pleased to announce the 4th Advanced Architecture Contest, on the theme of CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data.

The aim of the competition is to promote discussion and research through which to generate insights and visions, ideas and proposals that help us envisage what the city and the habitat of the 21st century will be like.

The competition is open to architects, engineers, planners, designers and artists who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, architecture, and urban planning, with the purpose of balancing the impact real-time data collection might have on sensor-driven cities.

The competition jury, which is composed of architects, professionals in a wide range of fields and directors of some of the world's foremost architecture schools, is looking for outstanding proposals at any scale, for any city in the world. Competition entries should be submitted via the Internet on Smart Cities, Eco neighborhoods, Self-sufficient buildings, Intelligent homes or any other proposal that analyzes the phenomena of sensor-driven cities and intelligent behavioural systems.

The proposal should include whatever texts, videos, drawings and other images may be needed to make it fully understandable.

The competition prizes will consist of: Three scholarships for the IaaC Masters in Advanced Architecture program for academic year 2012-13, cash prizes, and an HP latest-generation printer. The selected projects will go on show in a major exhibition, opening in Barcelona in May 2012, which will travel to key cities around the world. The best projects will also be featured in a book to be published by Actar-Birkhauser, like in the three previous editions: SELF-SUFFICIENT HOUSING, SELF-FAB HOUSE and SELF-SUFFICIENT CITY.

For contest rules and more information please visit the competition website.

Global Summer School Final Presentations

Join us for the Final Presentations of the 2011 Global Summer School:
Thursday, July 27

Faculty Barcelona:
Areti Markopoulou (IAAC Global School Director)
Tomas Diez (FABLAB Barcelona Manager)

Faculty Mumbai:
Dipal Kothari-Chhaya (BSSA Mumbai)
Atrey Chhaya (BSSA Mumbai)

Guest Jury:
Marta Malé-Alemany (IAAC, Co-Director MAA)
Willy Müller (IAAC, Co-Director MAA)
Lucas Capelli (IAAC, Director Advanced Architecture Competition)
Antoni Brey (URBIOTICA)
Andreu Allied (MCRIT S.L.)


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

IAAC GSS is taking place simultaneously in Barcelona, Turin and Mumbai. Students located in Barcelona (IAAC) and Mumbai (BSSA) will work under the same thematic research sharing seminars as well as broadcasted lectures from Barcelona, Mumbai, Turin, and Texas.

Self<a>rchitecture is an agenda, with both research and educational goals, that combines science and technology with architecture and urban planning.

Throughout the program students will work in collaboration with many experts in the fields of environmental research and information technology including: Urbiotica, Masimo Banzi (Arduino), Usman Haque (Pachube), Thales Alenia Space, Nikos Salingaros, Dhananjay Gadre, Andrew Pane, Carlo Ratti (MIT SENSEable City Lab), Autodesk, McNeel Europe, and more.

Follow the summer school blog at: www.iaac.net/globalschool

Global Summer School Lecture Series

In conjunction with the IAAC Globa Summer School taking place simultaneously in Barcelona, Turin, and Mumbai, we invite you to join us for the Global Summer School Lecture Series:

Tuesday, July 19 at 16:00h
Nikos Salingaros (P2P Urbanism)

Wednesday, July 20 at 16:00h
Massimo Banzi (Arduino)

Thursday, July 21 at 16:00h
Maria Huidobro (Urbiotica)

Monday, July 25 at 16:00h
Enric Ruiz-Geli (Cloud9)

Tuesday, July 26 at 16:00h
Andrew Payne (LIFT Architects)

Wednesday, July 27 at 16:00h
Usman Haque (Pachube)


The goal of the IAAC Open Lecture Series is to create a public setting to continue the discussion about the future of architecture beyond the classrooms of IAAC.

Follow the Global Summer School on its blog: www.iaac.net/globalschool

Concurso de Diseños Fabricados Digitalmente

Concurso de Disenos Fabricados Digitalmente
Buscando nuevos emprenderoes: Disena - Fabrica - Distribuye

El Fab Lab Barcelona del Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña (IAAC) en colaboración con el Instituto de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (ICUB), convoca a cuatro (4) premios para diseñadores y creadores de Barcelona y Catalunya,  para el desarrollo de productos o inventos, que puedan ser producidos y comercializados en un Fab Lab usando máquinas de fabriación digital.
Los productos podrán pertenecer a cualquier ámbito del diseño (mobliario, moda, iluminación, utensilios, robótica, comunicaciones, electrónica, etc) y deberán ser fabricados localmente a través de máquinas de fabricación digital como corte por láser (peq y gran formato), fresadora digital (para electrónica y gran formato), impresora 3D, bordadora digital y cortadora de vinilo, las cuales están disponibles en el Fab Lab Barcelona.
- Abierto a creadores residentes en Barcelona y su área metropolitana, provenientes de diferentes disciplinas como el diseño, ingenieria, o cualquier otra disciplina creativa.
- 4 proyectos serán seleccionados para ser desarrollados en el Fab Lab Barcelona. Cada proyecto contará con 2.000 Eur para su desarrollo, que se entregaran por partes: 500 Eur por mes en tres meses (desarrollo del proyecto) + 500 Euros en el cuarto mes una vez finalizado el prototipo final y habiendo completado el proyecto documentado, y con un plan de distribución online a través de una plataforma web.
- Los beneficiarios recibirán entrenamiento en el uso de máquinas de fabricación digital durante el desarrollo de los productos.
- Una vez finalizado el proceso de desarrollo y prototipado del producto, se establecerá un acuerdo para la comercialización del mismo mediante la red mundial de Fab Labs, existente en mas de 20 países, o a través de las empresas asociadas al Fab Lab Barcelona.
Mas información en: http://www.fablabbcn.org
Para Aplicar: Enviar a fabdesign@fablabbcn.org:
- Curriculum Vitae en formato A4 y portfolio online.
- Propuesta de proyecto en un documento en tamaño A4 con un máximo de 8 páginas con texto e imágenes, donde se explique el proyecto, tecnologías a utilizar y resumen de propuesta de comercialización.
El Jurado se reservará el derecho de dejar plazas sin ocupar si las propuestas no cumplen con el nivel exigido. El premio se entregará en las fases descritas, siempre y cuando el beneficiario cumpla con el acuerdo previamente firmado entre las partes.
Los paneles de los proyectos seleccionados, que podrán ser escritos en Catalán, Castellano e Inglés serán expuestos en la séptima conferencia mundial de Fab Labs, Fab7, en Lima, en Agosto de 2011.
Fechas clave: Envio de aplicaciones: hasta el 25 de Julio de 2011. Selección de ganadores:  17 de Agosto durante el Fab7. Inicio de desarrollo de productos: 1 de Septiembre. Presentación final de producto + plataforma de comercialización: 16 de Diciembre de 2011.
- Vicente Guallart, Director IAAC
- Ramon Prat, Representante del ICUB y del DHUB
- Javier Nieto, Presidente Santa & Cole
- Marta Malé-Alemany, Co-Directora del MAA - IAAC
- Tomas Diez, Project Manager Fab Lab Barcelona