2018 IAAC GLOBAL SUMMER SCHOOL | 2018国际数字化夏令营








This July, Shanghai will be one of 16 cities across 16 countries simultaneously collaborating within the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia ( IAAC ) Global Summer School ( GSS ). We will learn together by doing. The programme is a balance of education, research and digital fabrication with an emphasis on holistic, global and experimentation developmental processes. In brief, this is going to be a blast!

Do not delay, apply today!



Broadband connectivity, cloud computing, social media, and sensors are coming together, changing the way we interact, consume, and transport, shaping a new urban landscape blurred by digital and physical stimuli. This process is called “digitization”….

The pervasive adoption of a wide variety of digital, real-time, and networked technologies, products, and services enable people, companies, governments, and even machines to stay connected and communicate with one another, gathering, analyzing, and exchanging massive amounts of information on all kinds of activities.

The construction sector has been slow to adopt process and technology innovations, unable to apply a digitization among main categories of labor, usage and assets.

The area where its most lacking is providing digital tools to their workforce. Integration of technologies into everyday life reveal that tech has just penetrated the sector.

How implementing this tools will affect the way of designing, living and interacting in new habitats, finally shaping a new digital consciousness of our environments?

As part of the GSS18 program, students will define strategies for the applications of Advanced Digital Design Strategies as essentials means for the change. Testing the combination of software and hardware students will explore real-time data capture, energy generation, storage and reuse, material adaptability, real-time management of time-uses and citizen-space interaction.


The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multi-scalar investigation on the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. Each year, international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects that are deeply embedded in diverse local conditions. Because of this, participants have an international laboratory to test their design hypothesis, understanding how design conclusions derived locally can be tested and evolved globally in different cities where other teams reside.

This intensive two week course connects each participant to ongoing research agendas in robotics, simulation, physical computing, parametric design, digital fabrication, and other relevant emerging design methodologies. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the multi-scalar implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.


IAAC Global Summer School is a full-time two-week course that provides both practical and theoretical knowledge. Its structure consists in three main learning modules led by expert tutors, com- bined with lectures by renowned professionals and academics relevant to the topics to be treated during the course. These will be broadcasted in the different node-cities, all globally connected.

The lecture program will be announced prior to the GSS launch and will be developed on the following three course modules:



To register to the Global Summer School, participants need to submit an online application form. The applications are open until the 31st of May 2018 . More info on:



During the last day of the course, participants from all the nodes around the world will join a collective presentation of all the projects developed by each team followed by reviews of a renown jury. At the end of the course, participants will receive a Global Summer School Diploma.


IAAC GSS is open to creative and innovative people who are interested in fields such as architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, technology and design applications, searching for a multidisciplinary experience in an international environment. No previous skills are required, although CAD design, programming and digital fabrication skills are welcome. The official language of the course is English.

After the course, the participants will have gained theoretical and applicative knowledge about current urban innovative strategies. Moreover, they will become familiar with parametric software, data visualization and the use of digital fabrication machines.