Within the current global context of rapid change, integrated with the potentials of digital technologies, IAAC’s Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA) is committed to the generation of new ideas and applications for Urban Design, Self Sufficiency, Digital Manufacturing Techniques and Advanced Interaction.

In this context IAAC works with a multidisciplinary approach, facing the challenges posed by our environment and the future development of cities, architecture and buildings, through a virtuous combination of technology, biology, computational design, digital and robotic fabrication, pushing innovation beyond the boundaries of a more traditional architectural approach.

Kaleidoscopic Sculptures

Concept William Darrell describes his kinetic sculptures as “mechanically abstracted organisms,” animated forms that pulse, shimmy, and spin with lifelike motion. The London-based artist is inspired by the relationship between the organic and the mechanical along with the enticing, mesmerizing qualities of movement that can coax “fear or fascination” from the viewer.  Kaleidoscopic Sculptures is … Read more

Object sensing door

Concept The system is aimed to provide lighting to passers-by in dark environments while also automatically opening the door to greet them. This system can also be used to warn burglars and reduce social crimes. Circulation System: Component Assembly Code Prototype

Motion sensor

Brief: The idea of the assignment is to use 2 sensors and 1-2 actuators in arduino to create a working system. Concept: Motion detection with lights: The idea of the project is to use the ultrasonic sensor to detect objects coming close to it so the light sensor can be activated which it turn forces … Read more

Dancing plant

Dancing plant is a project of IAAC, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed in the Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA01) 2021/22 by student: Sebastian Oliver Dahl; faculty: Angel Muñoz; faculty assistant: Shahar Abelson. The dancing plant is a playful amplification of the reach of 8 motors. The plant has two modes: one is … Read more

Ultrasonic Sensor HC – SR04 and LCD

Ultrasonic sensors are great tools to measure distance without actual contact. In this project we have used an Ultrasonic Sensor to determine the distance of an obstacle from the sensor that is read by LCD screen. Basic principal of ultrasonic distance measurement is based on ECHO. When sound waves are transmitted in environment then waves … Read more

Radar Alarm

The system consists in a Radar that works similarly as a car sensor. It is made out of an ultrasonic sensor that can detect objects and can identify the distance where they are. This sensor rotates 180 degrees in a servomotor and when the information gets back is processed by IDE Processing to map the … Read more

Distance & Light Detecting System

Abstract Using Ultrasonic sensor for detecting the distance and display the value at the LCD screen, while under certain value the Microservomotor rotates 90 degrees. Also, detecting the light by using a Light sensor, which values is being displaying to the LCD screen throw the message ‘dim’ or ‘bright’ light. BoM (Bill of materials) Code … Read more

The Temperamental Alarm

Project Concept The idea was to create a system that measures the surrounding temperature and humidity and then displays it on a backlight lcd screen. It also checks if the temperature is out of limits range and starts an alarm, as well as displays a warning on the screen. This system could be used in … Read more

Radar System using Ultrasonic Sensor

Abstract Looking at the advancement of technology in computational design in architecture, we can also use the implementation of kinetic facades as a prevention mechanism towards its environment. It can help in detecting aerial animals or any flying object; drones, to prevent any collision with the surface. Functioning An ultrasonic sensor sends ultrasonic waves which … Read more

Automatic Shade

Concept and Inspiration The main idea was to recreate the controls for automatic sunroofs which react to sunlight and rain. They incorporate light and rain sensors alongside a manual control via buttons. The idea is to have the sunroof deploy when the sun is too bright, retract when it’s getting dark and either retract or … Read more

Mobile ‘illithea’

“Do electronic ‘cats’ dream of bluetooth mouse?” Just like a pet cat, it will run around in random directions around your house and also away from you. But this is not a cat. It’s a small ‘robotic’ pet that will keep you company and not get bored. Unlike a cat, it won’t run into things … Read more


CONCEPT Energy-Saving Lighting System can be implemented on long corridors as well as public spaces of transit which have low motion density and constant lighting is profligate. The initiation of light follows people’s passing and, using the readout from two ultrasonic sensors, the luminance depends on the proximity of people to the power source, the … Read more

Smart Water System

CONCEPT The project aims to operate a smart water pump device that can be used in domestic, commercial, and agricultural applications. It has sensors that are switching outputs on and off according to the requirement and monitor the water level in a tank or well. Reducing and optimizing the usage of water, energy and time. … Read more

SRC | Smart Room Control

Abstract The initial intention is to create a control system for interior space conditions. A space has temperature around 20-25°C and humidity percentage of 50-60%. Assuming that this system reads the temperatures and the humidity percentage. If the conditions are good, then, the users can be informed by the LCD screen and also by the … Read more


The idea of project was to create a system with ultrasonic sensor, which detects a subject within specifyied distance and ligths up the LEDs in predetermined order. There are two options of output (two codes): the light is moving from LED to LED or they lighten up gradually, so when the object is next to … Read more

Backpack Alarm

Ultrasonic Sensor with LEDs and Buzzer The Ultrasonic sensor measures the distance of a person. Depending on the distance of the person the the LEDs will correlate with green for far, yellow for medium distance and red for close. The buzzer will also get louder as the person gets closer to the Ultrasonic sensor

Experience Room

00_ABSTRACT Aim of this project is to make a human experience room, this room will have different light settings based on the input presented by people inside the room. Various input  considered in this project are mist(Humidity), Heat and smoke, each of these gives a different light setting to the room. The project is developed with … Read more


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Natural ventilation system Concept The aim of the project is to program a system for the natural ventilation of facilities with constant problems with high humidity level and temperature such as SPA centers, aquatic sport centers etc. Additionally it would control the air quality and congestion and thereafter automatically control the airflow between the inside … Read more

Animal Tracking Night Alarm 

Introduction to Programming and Physical Introduction  Concept My student colleagues from Valldaura having their own yard where they grow vegetables. Due to the various species  of animals, such as wild boars and rabbits they have big casualties of the harvest. This Sonar- Alarm starts to work a when the sun sets  and the LDR-Sensor overcomes … Read more

Intruder Alert System

The idea of the project was to create an intruder alert system that senses a subject/intruder within the specified distance. As soon as an object (intruder) comes within the specified distance the Red LED will turn on along the Buzzer, informing of the presence of an intruder. The sensor in this case used is the … Read more


CONCEPT The project focuses on Automating cooling based on room temperature. When the Room’s Temperature is above or equal to 25 degree Celsius the fans are automatically switched on to cool the room. BILL OF MATERIALS DIGITAL PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE WORKING VIDEO

Aproaching Sensor Alarm

CONCEPT The concept of this setup is to notify when an object is approaching at different distant points LED lights will notify how close the object is by turning off individual light which are set at specific distance, as the object is closer to the desired point. As soon as it reaches the desired point … Read more