It’s a 2 weeks intensive program, from (13 to 28 july 2011) during which we will be thinking architecture in terms of: life sustainable systems, energy consumption, parametric design, software coding, hardware hacking, fabbing, and much more…
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SUMMER SCHOOL 2011
*part of the IAAC Global School Project - Barcelona-Turin-Mumbai
Key words: ecology, metabolism, responsive architecture, artificial intelligence, datadriven structures, open data, multiscalarity, digital fabrication, parametric design
Abstract: The IAAC Summer School for the 2011 academic year will continue to investigate multiscalar strategies for the (re) construction of our inhabiting environments (home, city, planet). The last few years of technological, social, political, economic and cultural changes (at both the global and the local scale) demand that we rethink what kind of habitat humanity will live in in the coming decades, given that space in all its aspects (landscapes, cities, places, buildings and bodies) is undergoing dramatic transformations.
The growing interest in managing climate change, in embracing of the green agenda in urban development, in the development of techniques for local energy generation, in the incorporation of information technology into the physical space and other relevant situations, call for a new vision of the evolution of the city and architecture.
This opens up a wide range of possibilities for the development of projects and initiatives that will help transform habitable spaces in keeping with the new requirements of both global and local users.
Self(a)rchitecture is an agenda with research and education goals that combines science and technology with architecture and urban planning. Self-Sufficiency, Self-Fabrication, Self-Organization, Self-Design and Self-and Collective Intelligence are some of the key words on which the academic agenda of the programme will focus.
The final outcome of the programme will include design proposals and the testing of Self(a)rchitecture at three scales:
Scale 1. 1000 people (urban block)
Scale 2. 100 people (urban building)
Scale 3. 1 person (home, shelter)
Producing Self-Sufficient architectural products means, above all, producing more effective organizational systems. The design of the buildings will have special relevance, equipping them to generate the totality of the energy they consume and creating, where necessary, new physiological and metabolic delimitations of the building.
The proposed buildings will be related to a variety of uses (residential, work, commercial, etc) and their users’ needs (micro scale) as well to the specific context and the sum of groups of information (macro scale) Building structures on all three scales will be defined by a set of parameters, which will drive the final designs. These parameters will be generated by geographical characteristics of the specific sites: latitude and longitude, environmental data (temperature, CO2 emissions) and urban context (density, flow of people).
The building is thus converted into a micro-city, with all of the strata of a small city, and is understood as a complete organism, plugged into a substratum by the managing of the input and output of local data and characteristics. The final structures will be treated not only as independent nodes but also as parts of a network — a new urban layer. Such networks and their dynamics will be explored with a view to understanding how information affects the construction of the physical world, and how cities and their built elements can be seen as informational architecture systems. The intention is not simply to interface with the built environment but to implement strategies that will transform built environments themselves into information systems.
Distributed educational model: The IAAC Global Summer School is part of the IAAC Global School project. The IAAC GS (Global School) aims at generating a dynamic network based on distributed knowledge and collective actions.
As part of this initiative, the IAAC Summer School will take place simultaneously at three different sites: Barcelona, Turin and Mumbai. All of the sites will be connected 24 hours a day via videoconferencing to develop the Self(a)rchitecture project through the sharing of knowledge, techniques and experiences. IAAC Summer School participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique distributed academic experience, collaborating with fellow students, faculty and researchers from all over the world in an effort to transform Architecture into a tool/platform for rethinking inhabitation (at the planetary, metropolitan, urban, building and habitat scale) by way of a series of new ideas for creating space for human habitation.
Participants: The programme is aimed at students from a variety of compatible fields, such as Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Design, Landscape Architecture, Programming, etc.
Calendar: Programme duration: 13-28 July 2011 The programme is structured in three sections:
1 - Digital Design and Parametric Modelling Wednesday 13 July: Introduction 14-15 July: Design proposal development, Grasshopper Tutorials 16-17 July: Design proposal development, Ecotect Tutorials
2 - Interactive and Informational Development 18-19 July: Special workshop, Living Buildings with Enric Ruiz-Geli, project development 20-21 July: Interaction proposal development, Arduino/Programming Tutorials
3 - Digital Fabrication Prototyping 22-24 July: Project Development, Digital Fabrication Tests, Digital Fabrication Tutorials 25-27 July: Global Workshop (all tutors on site), Final Project Development, Prototype Fabrication (scale of prototype to be announced)
Thursday 28 July: Final Presentation, Guest Jury
Faculty: Fab Lab BCN, Fab Lab Network, more to be announced
Experts: Urbiotica, I2Cat, McNeel, Autodesk, Thales Alenia Space
Guest faculty: Vicente Guallart, Willy Muller, Marta Malé-Alemany, Nikos Salingaros, Antoni Brei, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Massimo Banzi and more to be announced
Barcelona: Areti Markopoulou, Tomas Diez
Turin: Cesare Griffa, Davide Gomba, Alessio Erioli, Andrea Graziano
Mumbai: Dipal Kothari-Chhaya, Atrey Chhaya, Renu Gupta, Hemant Purohit
Software: Rhino 4, RhinoCam, Grasshopper, Ecotect, Arduino
Programme Activities: Lectures, Master Classes, Building Visits, Exhibition Visits
References/Bibliography: Successful applicants offered a place at the IAAC Summer School 2011 will be provided with the relevant bibliography, which should be looked through before arriving in Barcelona.
Application Documents: Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:
-A completed IAAC Summer School Application Form (available from firstname.lastname@example.org)
-Current Curriculum Vitae
-A photocopy of a valid passport or other accredited I.D.
-Proof of payment of the non-refundable application fee of 50 euros, payable by bank transfer to the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya Bank: Caja de Arquitectos, Barcelona (Spain) Account Number: 3183-0800-8200-0064-8636; IBAN: ES86 3183 0800 8200 0064 8636; BIC/SWIFT: CASDESBB
Language: The course language is English, and all sessions, classes, lectures and meetings with supervisors are in English; knowledge of Spanish is not required.
Fee: The tuition fee for the IAAC Summer School 2011 is 2,000 euros.
Scholarships: IAAC will be offering seven special scholarships, to be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s portfolio: Three special scholarships of 100% of the total tuition fee Three partial scholarships of 30% of the total tuition fee One special scholarship (Mohamed Omer Scholarship) of 100% of the total tuition fee
Certification: All participants will receive an official certificate from IAAC and the Fab Lab BCN testifying to their participation in the course and accrediting their knowledge of the software used and expertise in Digital Fabrication techniques.
IAAC Director - Vicente Guallart
Global Summer School Director - Areti Markopoulou, email@example.com
Global Summer School Coordinator - Tomas Diez firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Summer School Scientific Commitee - Vicente Guallart, Architect Willy Muller, Architect Marta Malé-Alemany, Architect Artur Serra, Anthropologist I2CAT Nikos Salingaros, Mathematician, University of Australia Florian Foerster, Engineer, BuroHappold Antony Brei, Engineer, Urbiotica Gonzalo de la Camara, Economist
Site Coordinators - Barcelona: Areti Markopoulou Turin: Cesare Griffa Mumbai: Dippal Chhaya
Local Instructors - Barcelona: Areti Markopoulou, Tomas Diez Turin: Cesare Griffa, Davide Gomba, Alessio Erioli, Andrea Graziano Mumbai: Dipal Kothari-Chhaya, Atrey Chhaya, Renu Gupta, Hemant Purohit
Collaborative Companies - Urbiotica, McNeel Europe, Autodesk, Thales Alenia Space
Communication advisor - Pati Nuñez
General Coordination/Admission department - Nota Tsekoura, email@example.com
Administration/Communication - Laia Pifarre, firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Zydel. email@example.comFor more detailed information: