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First Annual Alumni Meeting and Graduation Celebration, 2-3 July

Coinciding with the completion of this year's Masters Programme we would like to invite all students, from all editions of the IAAC Masters Programme, to join the debate on architecture. We would like to discuss with you the challenges and opportunities appearing in society as it is formed today, as well as the opportunities of the IAAC network to promote innovation in architecture and urbanism around the world.

We invite all IAAC Alumni and friends to participate to the following programme:

  of July:     18.00h Graduation Ceremony at IAAC
                       21.30 Beach Party (Playa del Prat, buses leave at 21:00)
3rd  of July:     18.00h 1st Alumni IAAC meeting. Valldaura Forest
                       21.30 Barbeque Party

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at alumni@iaac.net.

MAA Final Reviews 2011- Open to the public

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia invites you to the final studio presentations for the Masters in Advanced Architecture class of 2010/2011. 

Join us for the three days of studio presentations:

Digital Tectonics- Monday, June 27th at 10.30h
Self Sufficient Buildings- Wednesday, June 29th at 10.30h
Emergent Territories- Thursday, June 30th at 10.30h

The final presentations will take place in the IAAC Auditorium and are open to the public.

Jury panel will consist of IAAC MAA Directors, studio assistants and guest jurors:

Digital Tectonics
Led by MAA Co-Director Marta Malé-Alemany
Studio Assistant: Victor Viña, Brian Peters

Branko Kolarevic (LID, University of Calgary)- Branko Kolarevic has taught architecture for over two decades at several universities in North American and Asia and has lectured worldwide on the use of Digital technologies in design and production.

Vera Parlac (LID, University of Calgary) - Vera Parlac is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Calgary and a founding co-director of the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) at the University of Calgary.

Self Sufficient Buildings
Led by IAAC Director Vicente Guallart and Javier Peña (Xpiral)
Studio Assistant: Rodrigo Rubio

Ali Kermanian (Ali Kermanian & Associates)- Established in 1990, Ali Kermanian & Associates is amongst the most active and recognized firms in contemporary architecture in Tehran, Iran.

José Pérez de Lama (Hackitectura.net)- José Pérez de Lama has a Ph.D. in Architecture and is a professor at Universidad de Sevilla Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. As member of Hackitectura.net he researches and develops projects which attempt to relate digital technologies, public spaces, free software, social networks politics and science fiction.

Antonio San Martin (aSZ Architects)- Antonio San Martin is co-founder of the Barcelona-based aSZ Architects and since 1991 he has been Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Design at UPC.

Cristina Sendra (Eco Inteligent Growth)- Cristina Sendra's work is focused on the analysis of metabolic systems; countries, industries or companies, and other tools of environmental quantify.

Lluis Viu Rebes and Jordi Pages i Ramon (Max de Cusa Arquitectes)- Lluis Viu Rebes and Jordi Pages i Ramon are founders of Max de Cusa Arquitectes in Barcelona and both have worked at FOA in both London and Tokyo. They have also studied and taught at the Achitectural Association in London and Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. They were instructors for the Self Sufficient Buildings studio during the first phase of the masters program.

Emergent Territories
Led by MAA Co-Director Willy Müller
Studio Assisant: Maite Bravo

Antoni Brey (URBIOTICA)- URBIOTICA designs, develops and commercializes a complete range of technology based products and services meant to improve the management and user experience of urban spaces, offering advanced functionality for the connected city.

Julio Gaeta (Gaeta Springhall Arquitectos)- Julio Gaeta is a Mexican-Uruguaian Architect  and principal of Gaeta-Springall Architects, with projects in Mexico, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Brazil.

Maria Solé Bravo (director of StAP-BCN)- Maria Solé Bravo is established in Barcelona where she combines her own architecture practice with some trans-disciplinary projects (in Spain and Scandinavia). She is the director of StAP-BCN, an academic program in Barcelona for international architecture students.

Andreu Ulied (MCrit)- Andreu Ulied is co-founder of Mcrit and a professor of the Master of Urban Planning at Public School of Administration and of different programs of teaching at UPC, UAB and UPF.

La exposición Humanizar la Ciudad. Arquitecturas de Madrid y Barcelona.

La exposición Humanizar la Ciudad. Arquitecturas de Madrid y Barcelona llega a la segunda ciudad protagonista de esta historia para ser inaugurada el próximo jueves 9 de junio en el Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya (IaaC). El propósito es el de dar a conocer la visión de quince arquitectos de una y otra ciudad presentada en la pasada Semana de la Arquitectura de Madrid para convertir el paisaje urbano en un verdadero núcleo de convivencia.

Las treinta propuestas para las que no se ha impuesto limitación alguna en cuanto a formato serán expuestas sobre una misma mesa, proponiendo un nuevo paradigma para la ciudad del siglo XXI, en la que las necesidades de los ciudadanos priman sobre el crecimiento urbano arbitrario, y cuyo mayor reto es el de abordar con sentido un desarrollo urbano sostenible, a través de la innovación tecnológica y la creatividad. Eso es, en definitiva, humanizar la ciudad del futuro.


IAAC Students in Smart Urban Stage Exhibition

The Smart Urban Stage exhibition in Barcelona (open until 13 June) features the work of IAAC MAA Students. The projects featured are the work of two groups: “Sustainable Tourism in Barcelona” by Laura Molina Arauju (Dominican Rebulic), Harshad Sutar (India), Gamze Gunduz (Turkey), Julian Hilebrand (Germany), Antigoni Anastasopoulou (Greece) and “Urban Community Farming” by Andres Briceno (Chile), Ohad Meyuhas (Israel), Siddhesh Kale (India), Jesus Armando Zabala (Venezuela).

The goal of Smart Urban Stage is to share information and first-hand reports about the smart urban stage and the “future of the city” and to connect with creative heads and smart fans from around the world and to invite you to our smart urban stage that will visit Amsterdam, London, Milan, Barcelona, Cologne and Frankfurt/Main in 2011.

Smart Urban Stage Barcelona can be found on Paseo de Colon until 13 June.

See our blog post about the opening.

IAAC Staff at Trienal de Investigación FAU 2011 in Caracas

IAAC Staff Member and Project Manager for Fab Lab BCN, Tomas Diez is in Caracas, Venezuela to speak at the FAU Research Triennial 2011.

On Tuesday, 7 June, Tomas will discuss: Self <a>rchitecture: Information - Energy - Fabrication 

FAU Research Triennial 2011 is an event organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, FAU / UCV (to be held between 6th and 10th of June, 2011), which calls for teachers, students, professionals and general public to exchange research experiences and reflection on topical issues related to the thinking and practice of architecture and urbanism. With the participation of national and international speakers, this event is a continuation of International Research Week held in September 2008, which led to an exciting opportunity for exchange of the highest academic level around thematic areas of research proposed.

Within the traditionestablished in 2008, the program of this editionof the Triennal will also host its conference and the symposium, three simultaneous scientific events: the Third Conference on Research in the School of Architecture Carlos Raúl Villanueva; the XXIX Conference on Research Experimental Development Institute of Construction, IDEC Conference on Research and Planning Institute, IU. 

The meeting will be held at the headquarters of the Faculty, the university city, an architectural Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.

FAB ACADEMY Final Presentations + Open House

Wednesday, June 1

15:00pm to 18:00pm

Fab Academy 2011 program. Projects presentation and exhibition. Open House at the Fab Lab BCN in IAAC.

15 Labs around the world shared the last 6 months on projects from Circuit production to Furniture design. More than 8 countries such as Iceland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Spain or United States participated in the second edition of the newly created academy, directed by Neil Gershenfeld and supported by the Fab Lab Network.

La revolució ja no és silenciosa

On 1 June 2011 at 19:00h, IAAC MAA Co-Director Marta Malé-Alemany will take part in a roundtable discussion on Rapid Manufacturing at ADI FAD in Barcelona co-organized by DHUB Barcelona.

For more information, visit the ADI FAD website.

ADI FAD is located at:
Pl. dels Àngels 6-5 in Barcelona

Regenerar Barcelona: The Xavier Trias project for the city

12 April 2011

IAAC hosted a collaborative event with Xavier Trias, candidate for Mayor of Barcelona. IAAC Director, Vicente Guallart presented a plan Regenerate Barcelona and to make it a world leader in energy efficiency. The plan presented today explored how to humanize urbanization while facing the challenge of regenerating the city that is already built into a smart, efficient city.

See more images from 12 April in the IAAC Blog post about this event.

Midterm Presentaions

MAA Development Studio Midterm Presentations

Friday 27th of May
10:30h Ds1 Emergent Territories
13:30h Ds2 Self Sufficient Building

Tuesday 31st of May
10.30h Ds3 Digital Tectonics

Free Download: Retos y perspectivas de la gestión del Paisaje de Canarias

Reflexiones en relacion con el 10 aniversario de la firma del Convenio Europeo del Paisaje.

Tras una decada de vigencia del Convenio Europeo del Paisaje (Florencia, 2000) se hace preciso realizar un balance de su aplicación y, sobre todo, tomándolo como referencia, plantear los retos de futuro. Como es sabido, dicho Convenio es el primer tratado  internacional exclusivamente dedicado a la protección y ordenación del paisaje europeo. A través del mismo, las autoridades de los Estados tienen la   responsabilidad de reconocer jurídicamente el interés público del paisaje y adoptar principios generales, estrategias y directrices que permitan tomar medidas específicas para la protección, planificación y gestión del territorio desde la perspectiva del mantenimiento y mejora  del paisaje.

Se trata de integrar el paisaje en el sistema jurídico de los Estados y en las prácticas vinculadas con la Ordenación del Territorio; en este sentido, ésta constituye el instrumento indispensable para alcanzar los objetivos del Convenio. Asimismo, las partes contratantes, es decir, los estados se comprometen a cooperar a escala internacional en políticas, planes y programas del paisaje, promoviendo la asistencia técnica y científica y el intercambio de experiencias entre especialistas, así como la formación y la información en todos aquellos temascontemplados en el Convenio.

En la medida en que el Convenio no constituye una recomendación o una declaración, sino un instrumento jurídico que vincula directamente a los firmantes, entre los que se encuentra España, los objetivos del Curso son los siguientes:

  • Realizar un balance del proceso de implementación de los principios, estrategias y directrices derivados del Convenio Europeo del Paisaje, las cuales debían formalizarse en políticas  nacionales de paisaje y, en base a los principios de subsidiaridad, implementarse a escala regional y local, es decir, al nivel más próximo posible a los ciudadanos.
  • Aportar un conjunto de ideas que podrán incorporarse a la acción y agendas de gobierno en materia de ordenación, protección y gestión del paisaje.
  • Crear un foro de expertos para el intercambio de criterios acerca de los instrumentos legislativos, administrativos, financieros, fiscales y sociales que diseñen las futuras formas de implementación de los principios generales, estrategias y directrices del Convenio.
  • Analizar los actuales instrumentos de gestión y caracterización del paisaje, así como las modificaciones necesarias para la gestión del paisaje por las administraciones regionales, insulares y locales, los inventarios de paisajes realizados, las formas en que elpaisaje se ha incorporado en las políticas generales de desarrollo, e incluso, las estructuras administrativas adoptadas o necesarias para que las políticas de paisaje sean coherentes e incluyan la participación de los ciudadanos y de los agentes económicos y sociales.


Este Curso resulta de gran interés para los profesionales y técnicos de las Administraciones Públicas y empresas públicas y privadas vinculados con la ordenación del territorio, el urbanismo y la protección y gestión del paisaje, responsables políticos y estudiantes universitarios de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Ciencias Sociales, Jurídicas y Naturales.