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Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab

PRACTISE FABRICATION // Brick Works Thin-Tile Vault Seminar // BOVEDA

IaaC, in collaboration with Map13 Architects: Marta Domenech, David Lopez, Mariana Palumbo, and BLOCK Research Group, ETH Zurich, have finalized the Parametrized Catalan Vault, fruit of a 2 week-long workshop where a team of 27 Students designed and constructed a thin-tile vault in our forest campus in Valldaura.

Advanced digital tools along with traditional century-old Catalan masonry techniques will be deployed in the process, with students seeking to re-engineer, compute, and eventually construct a Vault in the forest.

IaaC is also furthering this research investigating in the field of advanced robotic fabrication techniques towards the implementation and automization of these complex catalan vault forms.

Special thanks to Areti Markopoulou, Lucas Cappelli and Ioan Pribagu for the final outcome!

Photos by: Filippo Poli

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IAAC MAA 2013-2014 Visit to Valldaura Self-Sufficient Labs!

Today the IaaC team, along with the new MAA 2013-2014 students, went up to Valldaura to visit the Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs.

The day was kicked off with a tour of the facility, allowing them to understand in detail what was presented to them earlier in the week.

This tour was followed by the presentation of the first term Studios, one with Javier Peña, Rodrigo Rubio, Oriol Carrasco and Stefanos Levidis; and the other with Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, and Carmelo Zappulla.

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

The afternoon was then again dedicated to the First term Studios, that have officially started!

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IaaC 2013 Graduation Ceremony and Party were held at the Valldaura Labs,  located in the Collserola Natural Park, in the heart of the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

The ceremony kicked off at 7pm with a speech by Willy Muller on behalf of Tony Vives, from the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, followed by discourses on behalf of Manuel Gausa, IaaC Dean, Areti Markopoulou, MAA Director, and Xavier Gonzalez, MAI Director (together with Carlos Gomez).

The now IaaC Alumni from MAA01, MAA02, and MAI then walked down the red carpet to receive their Diplomas and shake the hands of all the before mentioned Directors, as well as the Academic Coordinator Silvia Brandi, and the Research Studio Tutors Willy Muller, Maite Bravo, Enric Ruiz Geli, Mireia Luzárraga, Claudia Pasquero, and Marco Poletto.

Aldo Sollazzo and Gabriela Gonzales Faria, the student representatives, were the invited to give a brief speech, sharing very nice words with us.

It was then the moment for this years awards, provided thanks to FabLab Barcelona. And the winners were…

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Graduation Party 2013

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Robotic Fabrication Workshop – Teach the robot to use a chainsaw

This workshop with Tom Pawlofsky gives an introduction to robotic fabrication, implementing the processing of log wood and the realization of timber joints using a robot equiped with a chainsaw.
The workshop started with an introduction to the Kuka-robot and its programming. The main challenge is be the setup of an 25sqm shelter at Valldaura, using log wood. The design is based on scanned log-geometry, the construction uses adequate timber joints, that are developed in 1:1 prototypes. The design is tested in 1:10 models. Furthermore the workshop focuses on material issues, scripting and logistics.

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One day left to support the Valldaura Crowdfunding!

If you wish to support Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs Project and you didn’t make yet your contribution, do it now, there is just one day left!!!

Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs Project


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Light Hunters Workshop at Valldaura Labs


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