Category Archives: IaaC Life

MAA01, MAA02, MaCT, OTF & CIEE > Valldaura & Green Fab Lab Visit

Today the IaaC academic team, along with the new IaaC students from the MAA,MaCT, OTF and CIEE academic programs, went up to Valldaura to visit the Valldaura Labs, IAAC’s second campus located in the Collserola Park.

The day started with a lecture by the Green Fab Lab Coordinator Jonathan Minchin, who explained the structure of the Valldaura Self-Sufficient LaB a to the new students.
Meanwhile the students enrolled in the second year of the MAA take advantage of the sunny day to develop a project in the Green Fab Lab facilities.

The lecture was followed by the guided tour of the facilities, allowing the students to understand in detail  what was presented to them: a laboratory to implement investigation and set a new bench mark for self-sufficiency, a  complex ecosystem structured by a Green Fab Lab, a Food Lab and an Energy Lab.

A 0 km paella lunch was then served, giving the students time to relax and get to know each other.

Posted in IaaC Life | Leave a comment

MAA 2015/16 > Kick-Off Welcome Meeting

Tonight IAAC welcomed the 80 new students from 40 different countries for this year’s Master in Advanced Architecture 2015/16. The Academic Coordinator Silvia Brandi gave some words of welcome, then presenting the team of coordinators: Marco Ingrassia (Coordinator MAA01), Maria Kuptsova (Coordinator MAA02, OTF), Mathilde Marengo (Coordinator MaCT) and Luciana Asinari (Coordinator Fab Lab Barcelona).

After this brief introduction on behalf of the team, the new Students took the stage to present themselves, sharing their hopes and dreams for their stay at IAAC!

The 30 students doing MAA02 and OTF this year were also at the welcome meeting, taking the students out on the town after the event.

Posted in IaaC Life | Leave a comment

MAA Pre-course 2015/16 > Fabrication in Valldaura

Today was the last day of the MAA Pre-course 2015/16, held in the Green Fab Lab in Valldaura. The students had the opportunity to visit IAAC’s Forest Campus, Valldaura Labs is a testing ground allowing to learn directly from nature in order to apply this understanding to the regeneration of XXIst century cities.

The students built lamps, recycling locally found materials!

Also posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Today OTF Researchers had a visit of TallFusta, wood manufacturing for architecture and roof structures, and Serrodora Boix Company, biggest sawing industry of wood in Catalonia, processing logs and making palets.


Posted in IaaC Life | Leave a comment

OTF2015 // Visit to CRICURSA

Today the IaaC OTF Researchers had a visit of CRICURSA Company with Joan Tarrus, Marketing director of Cricursa.

CRICURSA Company was founded in 1928 with the intention of bringing form, material and processing into high technology glass bending, in order to explore the possibilities of bent glass as a decorative element. After more than 8o years of experience, now offers architectural glass, curved and flat interior and exterior glass, and is present in many of the most famous architectural works around the world.
introduction of new glass-made solutions. Passionate about architecture, creativity and innovation, their aim is to continue inspiring the best engineers and architects in the world, in close collaboration with Facades and installers and all professionals, partnering CRICURSA to the efficiency and capacity to deliver ideas and concepts of the designers.

Also posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OTF2015 // Visit to Ceramica Cumella

Today the OTF 6.0 Researchers had a robotic training with Toni Cumella and Alexandre Dubor at Ceràmica Cumella. OTF group was working on customization of the Cumella´s ceramic tiles and blocks using ABB robot.

Ceràmica Cumella
The family workshop CERÀMICA CUMELLA, founded in 1880 in Granollers (Barcelona), originally devoted to the manufacturing of traditional ceramics and pottery for daily use, has finally become the central core of an intense public and professional activity. Ceràmica Cumella has lately experienced a notorious increase in the industrial production of serial pieces -floorings, socles, lattices, coatings, steps, modular elements undoubtedly specific in many cases, since they are ordered pieces. Cumella with the conviction of a necessary integration of technical tradition and innovative process, encouraging with a steady hand and continued research, for example, on the definition of colours and the manufacturing of the corresponding glazes, both for mechanical or manual applications; or on finding solutions on how to keep up with present technological requirement. Toni Cumella spontaneously associates craftsmanship with serial production, personalization, adaptability, history and culture, not necessarily by this order. He sees it all as a use of concepts, techniques and processes so as to achieve a specific form of life.
Also posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OTF2015 // visit to Merefsa

Today the OTF2015 researchers visited Merefsa > meet your silicone, one of the biggest Spanish producers of silicone and silicone derivatives. The researchers had the opportunity to discuss potential applications of silicone with the Merefsa CEO and Technical Director, as well as visiting the production factory.

Also posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment