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The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Catalan: Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya, IAAC; IPA: [instiˈtud dərkitəkˈtuɾə əβənˈsaðə ðə kətəˈɫuɲə]) is an educational and research centre dedicated to the development of an architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitability in the early 21st century. Based in the 22 district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with faculty and students from over 40 countries, including United States, China, India, Poland, Italy, Norway, Mexico and Sudan. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (ecology, energy, digital manufacturing, new technologies), pursuing their own lines of enquiry on the way to developing an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively in their home country or globally. IAAC has carried out research projects in Brazil, Taiwan, Croatia and Romania. In 2008 it was chosen to take part in the official section of the Venice Biennale with the project Hyperhabitat and in 2010 it presented a 1:1 scale house (entirely produced at IAAC) at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid where it won the Peoples Choice Award. IAAC has the most advanced digital production laboratory of any educational institution in southern Europe, with laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and a platform for manufacturing chips.

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Projects

Veus

Veus

Cities and Communities

A tool for turning citizens into city planners

Epiclay

Epiclay

Cities and Communities

Modular clay tiles to make green walls in cities more affordable and efficient 

Worm Generation

Worm Generation

Recycling

Using mealworms to convert plastic into organic matter using their natural digestive process

Water Farm

Water Farm

Water and Sanitation

Harvesting drinking water from natural water sources in floating communities

Synapse

Synapse

Artifical intelligence

A.I. for better architecture

Wood+

Wood+

Water and Sanitation

A bridge that adapts to changing to water levels

Cast in Carbon

Cast in Carbon

Sustainability

A construction material that stores carbon emissions

Dystopian Places

Dystopian Places

Simulation

Feel climate change