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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.



La ciudad del futuro

IBM, Cisco, HP, el MIT y universidades de medio mundo planean otros modelos de urbe - La edificación de Songdo, en Corea del Sur, y de Masdar City, en Abu Dabi, ejemplos inmediatos - Todas se piensan verticales y sostenibles

IaaC Lecture Series_Apr 23 < Joseph Cory

IaaC lecture Series Apr 23, 19:30h
Lecture: "The Future is (Self) Sufficient"

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Architect Dr. Joseph Cory


Specializing in innovative design, and committed to sustainability, Dr. Cory is the founder of GEOTECTURA office that provides creative and practical architectural solutions to social and environmental challenges, using multidisciplinary research methods and open source design.

Dr. Cory received his diploma from Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and he is currently a senior lecturer and faculty member in the Department of Interior-Building and Environment at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Dr. Cory also teaches sustainable architecture at Tel Aviv University and the Technion.

Cory's sustainable projects received worldwide recognition in publications, exhibitions and awards.  Among his many honors: 1st prize in the Architectural Competition for Tel Aviv University's Porter School of Environmental Studies, 1st prize in the Drawing Water Challenge Competition held by Arup, 1st prize in the Project of the Year Award in Israel, Finalist in the Well-Tech Award for Technological Innovation, 2nd prize in the Um el-Phahem Art Museum Competition, two times Runner-up in the Metropolis Next Generation Award, Finalist in the international Bauhaus Award, and 3rd prize in the international Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition.

In his lecture, Dr. Cory will describe in detail many of his self sufficient prototypes and dream-like architecture, from solar balloons and dew collectors, through the first LEED Platinum project in Israel, to the future cities that await us around the corner.


IaaC Lecture Series_Apr 13 < Philippe Morel

IaaC lecture Series Apr 13, 19:30h
Lecture: A Few Remarks on Seven Contemporary Concepts

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Philippe Morel
Co-Founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research

Philippe Morel, Architect DPLG (Summa cum Laude, 2004), is co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais where he leads, together with Pr. Christian Girard, the Digital Knowledge Master 2 educational Program. He has written extensively about the impact of technology on “global disurbanism” (“living in The Ice Age”, an analysis of contemporary capitalism and the associated domestic biomedical economy, Masters Thesis, 2000-2002). More recently, he has given papers at numerous symposiums and conferences including Loopholes within Discourse and Practice (Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2005), Script (Florence, 2005), The Architecture of Possibility (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2005), GameSetMatchII (TU Delft, 2006), at Columbia Graduate School of Planning and Preservation and the MIT Department of Architecture (“A Few remarks on Epistemology and Computational Design”, March 2006). He organised in 2007 the exhibition “Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn” at the ‘Maison de l’Architecture et de la Ville’ in Marseille. He also was joint winner, with his EZCT Architecture & Design Research office, of the international Seroussi Pavilion Competition. His work and that of his office can be found in the FRAC Centre collections and at the Pompidou Centre.

IaaC Lecture Series_Apr 06 < Angel Beccassino

IaaC lecture Series Apr 06, 19:30h
Lecture: The Necessity of What is Obviously is Not Necessary

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Angel Beccassino
Journalist and Photographer  

A journalist and photographer that works creating arguments and eventual situations as a member of the Center of Possibilities and other think tanks in Latin America. A man with great talent, be it in advertising as well as in poetry, and with the handling of images as well as sounds. Each word he writes has cadence, each image is a poem. Whatever Angel does has a “hook” that captivates anyone.

He also shoots artistic videos as well as publish beautiful profound books. A tireless traveler, he has gone around the world as if it were a trip to a soccer field. Angel was born in Argentina and now lives in Colombia. He always surprises people with his works because of their originality and simplicity. Angel Becassino was born in Buenos Aires in 1948.  He has been the creative director of important publicity agencies in his native country of Argentina and in different Latin-American cities such as Mexico and Bogota.  

In the nineties he worked in public management communication, where he developed successful diffusion strategies for governmental agencies and private enterprises.  As a journalist he worked as a Latin American graphic media correspondent covering the war in Lebanon, armed conflicts in Colombia, and other events in Asia and Europe

He has authored books in photography, urbanism and journalism and was the second place recipient of the Emece Novel Prize (Argentina.  1970).  Within the artistic field he has had gallery installations and performances in New York, Tokyo, Rio of Janeiro, Berlin, among others cities.  
At present he consults in electoral strategies, management marketing and crisis management for the Colombian, Venezuelan, Peruvian and Ecuadorian government.

IaaC Lecture Series_Mar 26 < Sean Hanna

IaaC lecture Series Mar 26, 19:30h

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Sean Hanna

Co-Director of the Bartlett Masters in Adaptive Architecture and Computation

Sean Hanna is an RCUK Academic Fellow in Space and Adaptive Architectures at the Bartlett, UCL, where he co-directs the masters courses in Adaptive Architecture and Computation. His research covers computational methods for dealing with complex systems in design and the built environment, particularly involving computation and machine intelligence, and his publications address the fields of artificial
intelligence, collaborative creativity and the design process, and the optimisation of structures and materials.

Prior to joining UCL he practiced architecture and design, and maintains research links including collaboration with Foster + Partners and Antony Gormley. He is a member of the advisory committee of Space Syntax
Limited and Complex Matters Limited, a member of the editorial boards of AI EDAM and the Journal of Engineering Design, and is currently Investigator at UCL on several research projects on digital design and
fabrication technologies, and the modelling of complex global dynamics and their effect on cities.

Lecture: Architectural Complexity and Thinking Machines

IaaC Lecture Series_TODAY Mar 25 < LARS HESSELGREN !

IaaC lecture Series March 25, 19:30h

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Senior Associate Partner, Director PLP Research

Lars Hesselgren is the Director of PLP Research and a Senior Associate Partner at PLP since October 2007. Previous to that he occupied the same position at KPF and before 2005 he was the IT Director at KPF London.

In 2002 he received the Bentley Lifetime Achievement Award. His most recent work concentrates on parametric modelling in CAD. He helped create the new Computational Geometry group within KPF and advises on visualisation and IT matters. He is head of the Computational Design Group at PLP which is developing novel tools and techniques within the parametric design paradigm. He is establishing new R&D programmes with University partners and other bodies.

His most recent project while at KPF was creating the geometry for the Pinnacle tower in the City of London, currently under construction.

He is a founder member of the SmartGeometry group (www.smartgeometry.org) which is encouraging the spread of parametric thinking as an architectural design discipline, including spearheading Alpha and Beta testing of Bentley Generative Components. The SmartGeometry Workshops and Conferences are now an established premier place to network about the latest digital design technology with conferences in Barcelona (2010), San Francisco (2009), Munich (2008), New York (2007), London (2006), Cambridge Ontario (2004), Cambridge UK (2003).

He lectures extensively both in US and in Europe, both at Industry Events and at Academic venues.

Lecture: Designing BIG buildings [parametrically]

News Alert: SmartGeometry 2010 Workshop on Advanced Design Exploration at IaaC March 19-22

SmartGeometry 2010 Workshop and Conference at:

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
March 19-24, 2010

March 19-22, 2010

Advanced Design Exploration: Functioning Prototypes that Prove and Test Concept and Design

Each year, the SmartGeometry workshop attracts tutors and attendees from across the worlds of academia and professional practice, including many of the brightest students. The workshop hosts 150 participants for four intensive days of design and collaboration on innovative design ideas and projects. The result – some amazing prototypes!

Date and Location:
The SmartGeometry 2010 Workshop takes place March 19-22, 2010, at the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.

Who Should Attend:
The Workshop provides a unique opportunity for building professionals, along with architectural and engineering students, to explore advanced design objectives enabled by the latest technology.

Apply to attend.

The Tutors
Twenty-five preeminent professionals from architectural practices and design institutes on the cutting edge of generative design lead the workshop. Among them are: Dr. Axel Killian, assistant professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University; Achim Menges, director of the Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University; Shane M. Burger, associate and head of Computational Design Unit, Grimshaw; Brady Peters, Ph.D. Fellow, CITA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture; and Dr. Robert Woodbury, professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University.

The Workshop Challenge: Working Prototypes
The four-day workshop carries the theme “Working Prototypes” and focuses on functioning prototypes developed to prove and test concept and design.

IAAC is the ideal venue for the SmartGeometry 2010 Workshop Challenge as it contains a fabrication lab with different machinery and equipment for digital fabrication, even on a 1:1 scale, allowing for creation of material stress, physical thinking, and mental gymnastics. This puts the physical at center stage in challenging participants to design, assemble, and test working prototypes.

The Design Studios
The workshop will be organized around 10 hands-on design studios, hubs of expertise comprised of people, knowledge, tools, materials, and machines. These studios will facilitate the development and testing of working prototypes and provide a nucleus for exploration, discussion, processes, and techniques. Each design studio embraces a wide spectrum of approaches and engages eight to 16 participants, championed by at least two tutors who are pioneers in their field.

The SmartGeometry 2010 Workshop design studios are:

    Deep Surfaces: Articulation and Fabrication of Spatial Systems from Tensioned Fabric Elements

    Nonlinear Systems Biology and Design

    Manufacturing Parametric Acoustic Surfaces

    High-Tech Design - Low-Tech Construction

    Parametrics and Physical Interactions

    Explicit Bricks

    Rapid R&D to Rapid Assembly: snap fit, push on, and so forth

    Design to Destruction

    Inflatable Fabric Envelopes

Applications to Add Design Studios
In addition to applying for a specific design studio, exceptional candidates can submit proposals for projects to be accomplished during the workshop that would inspire a new design studio. Applicants in this category must accept that, although SmartGeometry will do all it can to help, it cannot guarantee provision of materials and machinery.

With this in mind, applicants must detail all requirements for the provision of materials and machinery usage and how they would provide these if required.

Fablab House in diarioDESIGN

El IaaC presenta FabLab House, la casa energéticamente autosuficiente.

Cada dos años se celebra el Solar Decathlon, un concurso internacional entre universidades de todo el mundo sobre construcción sostenible. La primera competición Solar Dechathlon Europe se celebrará el próximo mes de junio en Madrid, y el IaaC (Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña) ha sido uno de los primeros participantes en presentar su FabLab House, una vivieda 100% autosuficiente.  

Cada equipo participante debe diseñar su propia casa para una localización específica, con un clima determinado y una cantidad concreta de energía solar. En la fase final del concurso se construirán in situ entre 15 y 20 casas de las presentadas.......

IaaC Lecture Series_Mar 17 < Dana Buntrock

IaaC lecture Series Mar 17, 19:30h

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona
tel. (+34) 93 320 95 20

Dana Buntrock

Dana Buntrock began her studies of Japanese architecture more than twenty years ago, her first visit a month-long trip that took her to tiny corners of the country to see avant-garde and out-of-the-way works.  Her more recent research trips still range in remote pockets of the country, now renting cars, carrying a complex array of cameras and seeking out craftsmen who carry on age-old traditions.  The architecture she sees is still often avant-garde, but today there are other approaches evident as well, ones more concerned with underscoring the uniqueness of these remote regions.  Buntrock’s first book, Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture (E&FN Spon, 2001) looked at professional practice and what it said about a nation’s culture.  Her second, Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture (Routledge, 2010) is concerned with the art and craft of architecture, and how these are used to reflect the particularities of places.

Lecture: Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tradition and Today