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IAAC Event's

Converses del món que ve- Vicente Guallart

On 11 May 2011, IAAC Director Vicente Guallart took part in "Converses del mon que ve" (Conversations of the world to come). These breakfasts, held every 15 days in a special dedicated space in the ARA headquarters in Barcelona, features influencial people discussing their vision for the future.

Past participants include: director and performer, Josep Maria Pou; film producer, Isona Passola; chef, Carme Ruscalleda and Deputy Secretary General of CDC, Oriol Pujol.

Video of Vicente's breakfast can be found here (Catalan).


Debate of Visions for the Future of Barcelona

4 May 2011


IAAC Director Vicente Guallart presented his vision and proposal for the future of Barcelona. Also taking part in the debate will be: Salvador Rueda, Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona and Joan Camprecios from the Office of the Metropolitan Strategic Plan.

The debate took place at CECCP, Dels Vergós, 16, BCN.

Visiting Students: UNIBE

29 April 2011

Last week IAAC hosted undergraduate architecture students from Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic.

Read more at the IAAC Blog.

A Royal Reception for IAAC in Tel Aviv

10 April 2011

In the presence of Their Royal Heighnesses Felipe de Borbon y Grecia and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano of Spain, IAAC Global School Director Areti Markopoulou and IAAC Digital Tools Faculty Luis Fraguada inaugurated the exhibition Parameter: Digital Collaborative Design also with the Spanish Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Alvaro Irenzo.

Read more from the IAAC Blog post about this event.

IAAC at El Mercado Atlántico de Creación Contemporánea 2011

This week Tomas Diez, IAAC Faculty and Project Manager at Fab Lab BCN, will be speaking at El Mercado Atlántico de Creación Contemporánea 2011 in the Canary Islands. In addition to lecturing, Tomas will participate in a debate about technology and creativity.

El Mercado Atlántico de Creación Contemporánea (Macc) is a conference that brings together professionals in unique cultural markets focusing on inovation, emerging talent and artistic research. Macc strives to tap into creative potential while seeking new approaches to foster change in the way business is done.


Marta Malé-Alemany, Co-Director of the IAAC Masters in Advanced Architecture program, will be presenting at Fabricate 2011 on Saturday, April 16.

FABRICATE is an International Peer Reviewed Conference with supporting publication and exhibition to be held at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London from 15-16 April 2011. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, FABRICATE will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes will include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.

Regenerar Barcelona: The Xavier Trias project for the city


Xavier Trias, candidate for Mayor of Barcelona for CiU party in the May 2011 elections.

Vicente Guallart, architect, Director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Tuesday, April 12

12.00h at IAAC

BCN- Tel Aviv Exhibition


IAAC, in collaboration with The College of Management in Tel Aviv, is organizing an exhibition and inauguration event with a week of workshops in Tel Aviv.

The exhibition,  Para Meter: Digital Collaborative Design, will display experiments in parametric design and digital fabrication with selected projects from Barcelona and Tel Aviv. This exhibition will encourage direct interaction with modern technologies of design and production. Visitors are invited to take part in a real time fabrication experience.

Projects that will be on display in the exhibition are: Parametric Design projects from the September 2010 Workshop at IAAC with students from Tel Aviv and Barcelona; Fab Lab House; Design from the Fabrication Laboratory exhibition at DHUB BCN; New Prosthesis an IAAC Open Thesis Fabrication project; and C.Cloud (Collaborative cloud) installation.

Exhibition location: ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery, Hangar 21, Tel Aviv Port, Israel

Hours: Monday- Thursday, Saturday: 10:00- 19.00, Friday: 9:00- 19:00


April 10, 2011- Exhibition Inauguration and Workshops

IAAC Global School Director Areti Markopoulou and IAAC Digital Tools Faculty Luis Fraguada will inaugurate the exhibition Para Meter: Digital Collaborative Design with the Spanish Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Alvaro Irenzo. Afterwards IAAC staff will give a five day workshop to students and professionals entitled: Data-Driven Structures.

The Data-Driven Structures workshop will focus on how data-driven structures affect the construction of the physical world and how cities, and built elements within them, can be viewed as informational architecture systems.

Workshop duration: April 10th to April 15th

Emergent Territories Research Studio: Final Presentations

Emergent Territories Research Studio: Students explore countries and cities around the world with emerging economies and cultures that can contribute to the planet as whole. Emergent territories has to do with the creation of intelligent territories that function in a multiscalar way, in order that the relationship between natures, networks and nodes can foment the 'emergence' of an urban intelligence. This studio also focuses on Barcelona as a site for ongoing urban experimentation with a view to contribute to the discussions and reflections in relation to the urban progress of the city.

When: Friday, April 1st at 10:30

Faculty: Willy Müller (MAA co-director)
Assistant: Maite Bravo

Antoni Brey (URBIOTICA)
URBIOTICA designs, develops and commericalizes 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.

Miguel Roldán (R+B Arcquitectura)
Miguel is an Architect and Director of the Exchange Program for Architecture Schools for the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya and an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University and Texas A&M.

Antonio Sanmartín de Azcón (aSZ Aquitectes)
Antonio is Associate Professor at ETSAB-UPC, Thesis Professor at ESARQ-UIC, and Co-Founder of Archt Grupo Investigador at UPC.

Andreu Ulied (MCRIT)
Andreu is Founder and Director of MCRIT and Professor of the Masters in Urbanism at la Escola d'Aministració Publica de Catalunya.

Digitial Tectonics Research Studio: Final Presentations

Digital Tectonics Research Studio: Students investigate the work flow between computational design and material production methods, exploring the relationship between design inputs and computer programmable devices that can be used for the production of building structures and/or components. Through parametric design and material production linked with design programming and machinic behavior, Digital Tectonics challenges the traditional norms of linear file-to-factory production processes.

When: Thursday, May 31st at 16:00

Faculty: Marta Malé-Alemany (MAA co-director)
Assistants: Victor Viña, Brian Peters

Javier Peña (Xpiral Architecture)
Javier founded XPIRAL Architecture in 1997 and has been associate professor of projects at the School of Architecture of Alicante since 2001.

Oscar Tomico (TU/Eindhoven)
Oscar is Assistant Professor of Desinging Quality in Interaction at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Carlos Ipser (DHUB)
Carlos Ipser is exhibition coordinator at Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB).

Andres de Mesa (ETSAB-UPC)
Andres de Mesa is a Architect and Professor at The School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB).