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Planum News 06 | IaaC New York Global Summer School

6 July 2015 – 20 July 2015

Global Summer School

Terreform ONE - Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York
June 30, 2015
• IaaC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - Barcellona
• IaaC - Global Summer School

Cities are continuously produced through entropic processes that mediate between complex networked systems and the immediacy urban life. Emergent media technologies inform new relationships between information and matter, code and space to redefine new urban ecosystems. The NY GSS aims at investigating emerging forms of production of urban and public spaces reimagining the physical city through information technology driven processes. In particular the focus will be placed in the definition of urban prototypes as a critical form of inquiry to speculate on  the future of cities and urbanism.

The city of New York will be the expanded site of exploration. Interacting, Integrating, Expanding, Networking and Hacking will be the operational categories to re-imagine future territories and urban practices. The investigations will critically reflect on the city as the shared, the common, the civic and the public enterprise. How are traditional urban typologies affected by information-based environments? How do they provide a prototypical model to speculate on the relation between social practices and the future of cities? How are designers able to shape the agency of networks? How can we, as spatial practitioners, intervene in the digital city?

Focus will be placed on the feedback mechanism between scales, investigating the continuous loop between the micro and the macro urban scale. The  exploration of urban scenarios  will be filtered through the  following categories:
 Emerging urban typologies
 Urban robotics and mobile computing
 Big data
• Urban material ecologies
• Responsive infrastructures
• Eco-Bio machines
 Network systems

Generative design and computationally driven processes will take place throughout the program. A series of lectures from leading academics and international invited guests will construct the theoretical framework of the GSS, integrating and expanding the learning modules, with a final exhibition and promotion of the work.
The NY GSS will be organized in three sections:
1. Research – Analysis  
2. Design development 
3. Prototyping

The NY GSS will be an expanded platform of investigation with direct interaction with the parallel programs in Barcelona, Shanghai, Mumbai, and on-site and networked exchange between the participants and the invited global community.

2015.01.21 - Program Announcement
2015.02.01 - Applications Open
2015.05.31 - Applications Close
2015.06.10 - Payment Deadline
2015.07.06 - Program Begins
2015.07.20 - Program Ends


NYC Coordination: Marcella Del Signore
Telephone: (+34) 93 320 95 20
IaaC webpage:
GSS webpage:

The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by ambitious, multiscalar investigation into the implications of emergent techniques on 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 multiscalar implications of design conclusions, thus creating critical research advanced on the application of new technologies in design.

Event schedule:

  • Start: 07-06-2015
  • End: 07-20-2015.