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MAA01,MaCT,MAA02 > IAAC Welcome Lecture

Today Academic Director Areti Markopoulou gave her official welcome to this year’s new students explaining how IAAC Educational Programs propose to shape the future of cities, architecture and technology through a multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary approach, practicing learning by doing.

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IaaC Lecture Series 20015/16 > OPENING LECTURE – Greg Lynn > Monday October 5th

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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!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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OTF2015 – IAACbuilds // Kick off meeting

Today OTF2015 started with an Introductory kick off meeting presenting the researchers with the specifics of this year’s project.

Students will be exploring and prototyping Robotic Fabrication, Adaptive Skins and Urban Orchards, towards the development of a 1:1 Scale final Prototype. Stay tuned to see the progress in real time.

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