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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is an international centre for Education Fabrication and Research dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st century habitability.

Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with researchers, faculty and students from over 60 countries.

Every year IAAC selects 100 new students from all over the world that gather at IAAC and give life to this significant laboratory for experimentation in order to envision the dwellings and the cities of our time, as well as their future. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (self sufficiency, digital fabrication, parametric design, new material development, interaction), pursuing their own lines of enquiry and research towards the development of an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively both in their home country and globally.

IAAC is Education, with the Master in Advanced Architecture and the Master in City & Technology giving the next generation of architects the space to imagine, test and shape the future of cities, architecture and technology.

IAAC is Fabrication, with the Fab Lab Barcelona, the most advanced digital production laboratory in Southern Europe, a laboratory where you can build almost everything, that recently hosted Fab10, the 10th annual worldwide Fab Lab conference.

IAAC is Research, with Valldaura Labs, a self-sufficient research centre located in the Collserola Metropolitan park, 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona, where a series of laboratories are implemented for the production and testing of Energy, Food and Things.

And IAAC is also Barcelona, the European Capital for Innovation, the city that aims to be a self-sufficient city, a fab-lab city, a smarter city. Thanks to its innovative visions, IAAC is strategically aligned to the new urban policies of the city, developed in close collaboration and mutual inspiration between the two entities.

ORGANIZERS | fab lab bcn

The Fab Lab Barcelona is one of the main laboratories of the Global network of Fab Labs, small scale fabrication and innovation workshops equipped with digital fabrication machines and technology for the production of objects, tools and electronic apparatus. Fab Labs explore the relationship between the digital and the physical world, and started as a project of the MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. This later became a Global Network of people that research the democratisation of a new way of production, affecting our lives on every level: from the professional world of design, architectural and industrial production, to the domestic sphere, with the introduction of personal production in our everyday lives.

Fab Labs are organized in a Global Network that connects more than 100 Labs in over 30 countries, from South Africa to Norway, or the centre of Amsterdam to an Ashram in India. Fab Labs are connected through video conferencing and the internet, and are building one of the biggest networks of knowledge and people in the world. A network that is growing exponentially around the world, and is expected to double over the next 2 years.

Fab Lab Barcelona, part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, is the coordinator of Fab Academy, a global educational program and platform for Fab Labs, in which each Fab Lab is a lecture theatre and workshop and the campus is the world. Where students learn about the principles, applications and implications of digital fabrication technologies. The Fab Lab Barcelona has partaken in many projects, and continues to develop projects on diverse scales, from smart open data devices (SmartCitizen) to new models of productive cities (FabCity).

 ORGANIZERS | credits


Areti Markopoulou – curator
Tomas Diez – curator
Aldo Sollazzo – coordinator
Chirag Rangholia – coordinator assistance
Efilena Baseta – coordinator assistance
Luciano Carizza  – technical advisor
Mathilde Marengo – communication
Mariona Ciller – communication
Lina Salamanca – communication assistance

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