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Executive Workshop by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC),

Barcelona   |   2019 July 1-12                                                                                                  


        Executive Workshop                                         APPLY NOW

        Through the case study of Barcelona, the program investigates the extreme and multi-faceted conditions of our urban environment. It dives into the technological developments and sustainable advances currently available to face the global challenges. In particular, it explores how architectural and urban design are adapting to address the imminent planetary and technological growth.

        Length: 2 weeks                                          
        Dates: July 1 to 12, 2019
        Fee: CNY 22,800  /  HKD 28,000
        Subject : Architecture, Urbanism, Sustainability, Technology, Innovation 
        Level: Post Graduate Education
        Language: English, with Chinese Translation
        Location : IAAC Campus Barcelona, Spain
        Registration: Before April 15, 2019

        Application & Information
        Phone: HK +852 2979 0028, CN +86 130 4348 2198,  Email: academics@bootes.cc

        Architects, Urban Development Leaders, Government Representatives, City and Planning Consultants, Urban Technologists, Educators, Executives in Design Institutes, Professors in affiliate disciplines.           


        Attendees of the course will gain an in-depth knowledge of the urban transformations that have taken place in Barcelona, the city known as the “workshop for urbanism”, and the winner of the European iCapital award in 2014 for its implementation of innovation and technology in public space. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect and network with key actors in the transformation of Barcelona, discussing with them the implications and outcomes of this evolution.

        One can identify three momentous changes, occurring only within the last decade, that is having a lasting effect on our planet: (1) More people now live in cities than in the countryside; (2) There is now a consensus that human activity is a powerful, adverse contributor to climate change; (3) A new revolution is underways, replacing the previous model created by the Industrial Revolution. In this course, participants and the coaches will investigate the specific case of Barcelona and its evolution over time, the myriad consequences of these radical changes to the city, from the integration of smart city technologies to sustainable building technologies. The course will consist of a series of activities (lectures, discussion and site visits) studying the dynamics and exploring the trend scenarios for our future cities, based on the experience gained from the case study of Barcelona.

        About IAAC

        IAAC anticipates and follows the digital revolution at all scales (from bits to geography, from micro-controllers to cities, from materials to the territory) to expand the boundaries of architecture and design and, thus, meet the challenges faced by humanity. IAAC is an experimental and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and an institution that builds it in the present and production. The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a center for research, education,.experiential center where one learns by doing, applying a test methodology that promotes real solutions. IAAC is open, independent and radical; inspired by the spirit and values of Barcelona, the capital of architecture and design, where urbanism was invented and where a local high quality and innovation-oriented research is connected to an international network of excellence in technology, architecture, and societal fields. IAAC, beyond its educational and pro-research work, is a highly reputed interdisciplinary and multicultural community that seeks permanent contact and cooperation among the hundreds of teachers, researchers, institutions and companies that have worked together pursuing the objective of providing solutions to the big challenges of humanity.

        About  Barcelona

        Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine and unbeatable food. It is a city with the most interesting and well-known modern buildings, here you can admire the unique and distinctive architectural styles of e.g. Architect, Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona is also the city that sets the trends in design and urban sciences. if you are eager to learn from top-of-the-world Educators in Architecture and Urbanism: There is no other place you would rather be.

                    Briefing Session

                    Date TBA
                    Preparation meeting
                    Hong Kong and/or China (TBA), 16.00 - 20:00

                    - Orientation
                    - Divide participants into groups
                    - Group discussions on case study topics which will be
                       worked on with trainers in the Zurich

                    Week 1 - Programme 

                    Day 1
                    Historic City, Restorations and Large-Scale Events in the Evolution of the City
                    Zurich University of the Arts
                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with ChiaraFarinea (Head of EU projects)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the Historic Centre
                    20.30 – 22.30 – Social dinner connecting faculty and attendees.

                    Day 2
                    Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia and Computational Design
                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Rodrigo Aguirre (IAAC Computational Expert)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the Sagrada Familia
                    Day 3
                    Cerda and its Global Implications (Urban Regions, Hipercatalunya)

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Manuel Gausa (Head of Theory and Knowledge at IAAC) 13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH 14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the Media-TIC Building with Enric Ruiz Geli
                    19.00 – 20.00 Evening Event: Discussion: Experiences so far; Expectations
                    Day 4
                    Urban Upgrade Initiatives – New Spaces, Waterfront – New Urban Paradigms

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Willy Müller (Director of the IAAC Urban Sciences Lab)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the Waterfront

                    Day 5
                    The Superblock – Quality of Life

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Salvador Rueda (Director of the Urban Ecology Agency)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the SuperBlock

                    Week 2 - Programme 

                    Day 1
                    Fab Movement & Fab Lab City
                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Tomas Diez (Director of the Fab City Research Lab)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Visit to the DHUB, Barcelona Design Center

                    Day 2
                    Cultural Initiatives (CCCB etc.)
                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Jose Luis de Vicente (Digital Technologist, Curator)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Visit to the CCCB
                    Day 3
                    Smart / Responsive City

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Areti Markopoulou (IAAC Academic Director)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Guided tour of the 22@ Innovation District
                    Day 4
                    Self Sufficient City

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Vicente Guallart (Director of the Valldaura Labs)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Visit to the Valldaura Labs, Project for Self-Sufficiency

                    Day 5
                    The Future – What’s next?

                    10.00 – 13.00 – Lecture and Discussion with Mathilde Marengo (IAAC Head of Studies)
                    13.00 – 14.30 – LUNCH
                    14.30 – 18.30 – Workshop on Future Urban Scenarios, and Closing Discussion
                    20.30 – 22.30 – Social Dinner connecting faculty and attendees.

                    The day end with awarding of certificate and social dinner

                    IAAC - FACULTY

                    Areti Markopoulou
                    (IAAC Academic Director)

                    Areti Markopoulou is an Educator and Urban Technologist working on the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona and researching the topic of Responsive Environments and Smart Cities. Areti has been developing and implementing urban projects and guidelines with the City Council of Barcelona and the Municipal Institute of Information. Areti has also served as a curator, her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

                    Dr. Mathilde Marengo
                    (IAAC Head of Studies) 

                    Dr. Mathilde Marengo is an Architect whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon. She is currently the Academic Coordinator at the IAAC’s Advanced Architecture Group, where she is also a PhD Supervisor as part of the InnoChain EU research project. Previously, Dr. Marengo worked on the RECYCLE research project, which focused on urban recycling as the generator for new infrastructure and creativity in urban context. Many of Dr. Marengo’s work has been published and exhibited internationally.

                    Dr. Chiara Farinea
                    (IAAC Head of European Projects)

                    Dr. Chiara Farinea is an Architect and Urban Planner. She is currently the Head of European Projects at IAAC and a contract professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa. Dr. Farinea previously worked as the Project Manager at D’Appoloniav (Genoa) where she developed International Cooperation projects, Smart Cities Initiatives and EU financed Research projects targeted at Sustainable Development.

                    Rodrigo Aguirre 
                    (IAAC Computational Expert)

                    Rodrigo Aguirre is specialized in the fields of parametric tooling, digital fabrication manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor’s in architecture at UAM (American University) in Managua, Nicaragua and completed the and two year master in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain. He is a principal member of the computational faculty. His work as a ‘Tallerista’ has led to his involvement with workshops related to the translation of computational protocols to the fabrication of physical prototypes.

                    Willy Müller 
                    (Director of the IAAC Urban Sciences Lab)

                    He is the co-author of several books, including Sociópolis, Media House Project, the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture, and the Self-sufficient Housing. “Müller himself is a professional of proposals, not only Willy Müller is a co-founder of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in 2001, becoming its Development Manager in 2004. He established his own office in Barcelona WMA, Willy Müller Architects in 1996, a recognized architectural firm achieving several international awards in competitions as well as with built projects, featuring his work in numerous exhibitions. for buildings, but also as concepts. He has been a strong voice for putting architecture at the centre of the debate. He has been fearless in exposing his ideas personally and has worked to promote creativity and discussing all of architectures extensions. His intentions are clearly to go beyond the physical world and explore also the possibilities of interaction in a social context, the new technologies and with nature.

                    Luis de Vicente
                    (Digital Technologist, Curator CCCB)

                    Curator, writer and researcher specialising in the analysis of the cultural spaces that exist between technology, social innovation, art and design. He has curated numerous symposia and exhibitions on art and technology, science and design, among them: “Machines and Souls” (2008, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia), “Arcadia and Habitar” (2009 and 2010, Laboral Centro de Arte), “Invisible Fields” (2011, Arts Santa Mònica), “Playtime: Game Mythologies” (2012, Maison d’Ailleurs), and “Big Bang Data” (2014-2017; CCCB, Barcelona; Fundación Telefónica, Madrid; Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires; Somerset House, London; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Santiago de Chile and Lima; Artscience Museum, Singapore; Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, DOX-Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague).

                    Salvador Rueda
                    (Director of the Urban Ecology Agency)

                    Salvador Rueda obtained a degree in Biological Science from the University of Barcelona. He also has a degree in Psychology from the University of Barcelona, as well as a diploma in Environmental Engineering from the Spain’s Ministry of Industry and Energy and Spanish Research Universities. In addition, he has a diploma in Energy Management from the Polytecnic University of Catalunya. He is currently the Director of the Ecologia Urbana Agency since its creation in 2000.

                    Tomas Diez

                    (Director of the Fab City Research Lab)

                    Tomas Diez is an Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications for the future of cities. He is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Fab Academy global coordinator, and the European project manager of the Fab Foundation. Tomas has been appointed by The Guardian and Nesta as one of the top 10 digital social innovators to watch in 2013 and has been awarded by the Catalan ICT association as the entrepreneur of the year in 2014-15. His research interests relate to the use of digital fabrication tools to transform the reality, and how the use of new technologies can change the way people consume, produce and relate to each other in cities.

                    Manuel Gausa

                    (Head of Theory and Knowledge at IAAC)

                    Since 2014, Full Professor of Architecture and Landscape Design, DSA- Faculty of Architecture of Genova. Director of the GIC-Lab (Genoa Intelligent Contexts Laboratory), Urban and Territorial Research Laboratory, UNIGE and Co-director of the Group of Research LUAD, LANDSCAPE AND URBAN Advanced Design. Since 2000 Principal Partner and Co-Director of Gausa+Raveau actarquitectura, office of architecture, landscape and urban design. From 2012 to 2015, Dean of the IAAC, Institut d´Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya, Barcelona. From 2008 to 2012 Vice-president of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development (CADS), Generalitat de Catalunya. Founding Member of Actar Architecture and Actar Projects Editorials. Author of various articles and published works, such as “Housing, new alternatives, new systems”, “Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture”, “HiperCatalunya: Research Territories”, “Operative Optimism”among others. Honoured with the Médaille de l’Académie d’Architecture de France in 2000.e to each other in cities.

                    Vicente Guallart

                    (Director of the Valldaura Labs)

                    Vicente Guallart was chief architect (2011-2015) of Barcelona City Council with the responsibility of developing the strategic vision for the city and its major development projects.He also co-founded and directed the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (2001-2011) where he led projects such as Media House Project (with MIT’s CBA), HyperCatalunya, or the Fab Lab House. His professional office, Guallart Architects, has developed projects widely published like the ports of Fugee and Keelung in Taiwan, or the Sociopolis neighborhood in Valencia and now it works in projects of several scales around the world. He is the author of books like Plans and Projects of Barcelona (2011-15) Geologics or The Self-Sufficient City and co-author of the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture. His work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Venezia or NY MOMA.