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Smart Geometry Workshop in El Pais

Smart Geometry

IAAC host international experts in design and digital production in Barcelona.

After a week of intense work, at the Institute for Advanced Architecture  of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, remains prototypes: atypical structures of fascinating and abstract forms, that serve to test new technologies with traditional materials. To read more download the PDF

IAAC Lecture Series_May 7th<Andrew Kudless

Andrew Kudless is a designer based in San Francisco where he is an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts. In 2004, he founded Matsys, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. Andrew has taught at The Ohio State University, the Architectural Association, and Yale University. In 2005 Andrew was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners at OSU. He has a Master of Arts in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. He is the recipient of a 2004 FEIDAD Design Merit Award and a 1998 Fulbright Fellowship in Japan. He has worked as a designer for Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York and as a digital design consultant for Expedition Engineering in London. The work of Matsys has been published in the journals/magazines Praxis, Mark, and Pasajas and has been shown in exhibitions in the United States, England, France, and China. In 2009 he completed a large-scale commissioned installation for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

IAAC students Diatoms in El Pais!

The exposition includes 24 spheres, 3D printed in an advanced technique , designed by students of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia ......... Click here to read more:



Fablab House Project in OnDiseño

The Fablab House project has been published in the magazine On Design 309! Please follow the link to the publication on the OnDiseño webpage http://www.ondiseno.com ,located under news in the architecture section .


Diatom Exhibition with Mireya Masó : Antàrtida. Temps de Can vi*^

Faculty: Marta Malé-Alemany (Digital fabrication), Luis Fraguada (Digital Tools)Cesar Cruz Cazares (Assistant)

The intention of the Diatom, beyond their methodological inflexibility, is to  allow the imagination to soar and to assume that today that which has been manufactured in an industrial 3D printer  (within a reduced area of production) makes possible tomorrow with this same technology large scale production of our buildings, similar to Enrico Dini and others, upon transfering this technology of 3D printing to an Architectural scale

Arts Santa Monica
La Rambla 7


We hope to see you all there!

Fablab in Make Magazine!

Letter From the Fab Academy, Part 2

In this series, "Letters from the Fab Academy," Shawn Wallace, member of AS220, the Providence, RI community arts space, shares his experiences with the Fab Academy, a distributed learning collaborative built on the infrastructure of the Fab Lab network. - Gareth

Making and programming circuit boards

By Shawn Wallace

Our assignment this time around was to design a circuit board, mill it, and program it in Assembly language. Each student had to become acquainted with the following work flow:

  • Designing the board
  • Machining
  • Stuffing components
  • Programming

Read more at Make Magzine

Vicente Guallart will be a member of the jury for the Rolex Young Laureat Awards

The Young Laureates Programme

Since its beginnings a century ago, Rolex has recognized and supported individual excellence and achievement. Now the leading Swiss watchmaker is pleased to present the Rolex Awards for Enterprise: Young Laureates Programme, which enables visionary young men and women to tackle the most pressing issues facing our world.

Rolex launched this year the Young Laureates Programme to foster innovation in the next generation. The programme will seek out budding pioneers and provide them with funding and encouragement to implement their original ideas and gain the experience to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The programme rewards creativity in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment and cultural preservation. The young Laureates will be announced in April 2010.

What are the rewards?

The Awards provide financial support – US,000 over two years – to advance each person’s project. Rolex will also promote the winners through international media coverage. The Young Laureates will become active members in the Rolex community of innovators, taking advice from former Laureates and Associate Laureates, and, in turn, passing on their knowledge to other young people.

Who is eligible?

Candidates must be between 18 and 30 years old when the Award is presented and need to have bright, feasible ideas with potential social or scientific benefits. All candidates must be nominated and cannot apply directly.

The Young Laureates Programme complements the original Rolex Awards for Enterprise, it does not replace it: the two variations of the programme will thus alternate on a two-yearly basis. The original Awards for Enterprise will resume with the 2012 series for which application forms will be available in mid-2010.

Rolex Philanthropy

Rolex’s other major philanthropic programme, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, also reflects an ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in the next generation. The Arts Initiative brings together emerging artists with recognized masters for a year of one-to-one collaboration in music, dance, literature, theatre, film and the visual arts.

Both the Arts Initiative and the Young Laureates Programme provide the gift of time to exceptional young people at a critical juncture in their lives. Through Rolex’s support, these promising individuals are able to take their work to a new level and help invigorate their surrounding communities and the wider world.

Fablab House in La Vanguardia and TV3!

Empieza la construcción de un prototipo de vivienda plenamente autosuficiente desde el punto de vista energético
Unacasa solar con el sello Barcelona

Barcelona El diseño arquitectónico
barcelonés ha primado
los componentes
funcionales, artísticos
y espectaculares
por encima de otras consideraciones.
Pero, ahora, puede ampliar
su rumbo. Las nuevas generaciones
de arquitectos incrementan
el compromiso con la
protección del medio ambiente y
empiezan a idear casas que producen
energía limpia. Y estos
nuevos cimientos culturales sustentan
el prototipo de casa solar
(denominada FabLabhouse) que
ha empezado a construirse en el
Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada
de Catalunya (IAAC). El diseño
barcelonés debe estar al servicio
de las nuevas preocupaciones, como
son la crisis de la energía o el
cambio climático, sugiere Vicente
Guallart, director del IAAC.
La casa ha sido concebida para
aprovechar todo el potencial de
la energía solar, por lo cual la cubierta
no es plana sino redondeada,
para absorber la radiación a
lo largo del recorrido del sol en
cualquier latitud. Y, por eso, frente
a los grandes paneles fotovoltaicos
prefabricados de líneas rectas,
las placas se van ensamblando
una a una para adaptarse a la
peculiar geometría.
La casa será autosuficiente
energéticamente. Inicialmente,
toda la producción eléctrica procederá
de las placas fotovoltaicas;
pero estará conectada a la
red eléctrica exterior. Así, cuando
haya exceso de electricidad se
enviará a la red, y cuando ocasionalmente
no tenga bastante energía
almacenada, se tomará del exterior,
según explica Jorge González,
director de proyectos de
Schneider Electric España.
Hasta ahora, las casas mediterráneas
siempre son cubos, pero
las formas redondeadas permiten
un mejor aprovechamiento
de la energía del sol, según esta
novedosa propuesta, en la que ha
participado Neil Gershefled, promotor
de una red mundial (vinculada
al MIT) especializada en fabricar
objetos y edificios inteligentes
a partir de técnicas digitales.
De hecho, la casa propone en
este sentido un nuevo sistema de
construcción e industrialización.

Fablab House in Inhabitat! Curvaceous Solar Fablab House Set to Rock European Solar Decathlon

Every other year the Solar Decathlon takes place in Europe, and this year it will take place in Madrid in June. European entries are beginning to show and are certain to be just as fabulous as the houses we saw in the fall on the mall in Washington DC.

Much like the US competition, each team designs their home for a specific location with a specific climate and solar resource. The FabLab House was designed as an ellipsoid structure prefabricated from wood that is formed into a rib-like structure. Although this specific house was designed for Madrid’s solar resource, it could easily be adapted to other climates by changing the ellipsoid. Built on top of three legs, the home has a space underneath to allow for air to circulate and help ventilate it naturally.

Smart systems help monitor and control the home’s temperature and energy use, while passive design increases efficiency and minimizes consumption. A customized photovoltaic skin coats the roof, which also acts to collect rainwater. When the home is built for the competition, it will also come with a garden capable of growing food. It looks like a really exciting and impressive start to the Solar Decathlon: Europe Edition, and we can’t wait to see more great solar prefab designs.