IAAC’s Master in City & Technology (1 or 2-year program) is a unique program oriented towards redefining the analysis, planning, and design of twenty-first-century cities and beyond. The program offers expertise in the design of digitally enhanced, ecological and human-centered urban environments by intersecting the disciplines of urbanism and data science. Taking place in Barcelona, the capital of urbanism, the Master in City & Technology is training the professionals that city administrations, governments, industries, and communities need, to transform the urban environment in the era of big data.


Navigating Development Strategies : Chennai City

Exploring future cities through balancing global & local agendas Located on what’s called the ‘Coromandel Coast’ of South East India, Chennai is home to a population of over 10 million people, approximately. Earlier known as Madras, Chennai is part of the top 5 populous cities of the country and is located within the second most … Read more

Forms of Inadequacy in Dakar

Abstract Dakar is Senegal’s capital city and rapidly urbanizing economic center. Today, Dakar’s urban area is home to 3.54M people, half of Senegal’s population, and generates 55% of the Country’s GDP. This growth is artificially constrained by an urban growth boundary, where new homes are informally built, and due to the city’s topography, a peninsula … Read more

Future Cities: Lahore – A Vision for 2050

Where is Lahore? Lahore, the capital city of the Punjab province in Pakistan, is a historic urban center known for its rich culture, vibrant life, and significant economic contributions. Situated near the eastern border with India, Lahore stands as a testament to centuries of evolution, from a small walled city to a sprawling metropolis. As … Read more

Dhaka City’s Urban Nexus

Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh is at a critical juncture in its urban development. With a population exceeding 10.4 million, the city faces significant challenges in housing, transportation, and environmental sustainability. This project is a part of a comparative analysis done by the students, understanding these challenges under the framework of SDG 11 – … Read more

Future city: Bangkok 2030

Introduction In the dynamic landscape of the “Global South,” cities are at the forefront of rapid urbanization, presenting both opportunities and challenges for sustainable development. Recognizing the urgency of addressing these issues, a consortium of experts and practitioners has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative to assess the nexus between urbanization and sustainability across diverse cities. … Read more

Labyrinth of New Crop Grids

SITE SELECTION FACTORS The site selected for the Recitying project is located in Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, a park just outside of Barcelona. This landscape initiative aims to transform abandoned crop fields into a significant and meaningful labyrinth park through the development of land art. The concept of land art is employed not only … Read more

Future Cities: Cairo

Cairo, Egypt’s vibrant capital, exemplifies rapid urbanization in the Arab world. The city’s growth presents multifaceted challenges, from housing to transportation, reflecting modern urban planning complexities. This project explores Cairo’s development strategies, linking them to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11: “Sustainable Cities and Communities.” By examining Cairo’s case, we gain … Read more

Lessons learned in Neuquén

The workshop challenged us to engage with the topic of planetary urbanization through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda. We chose to work on the city of Neuquen as it represents an example of a city that is undergoing a fast transition in the context of climate change. Neuquen province has a rich … Read more

MetaGrid

Metagrid represents a new way to explore urbanism, tailored for the context and its stakeholders. This project redefines ‘Agriculture’ to encompass not only the process of production but also broader elements like programs, solicitations, patterns, matters, behaviors, and networks, enabling innovative, open strategic approaches. Metagrid aims to reactivate Parc Agrari in Llobregat through Land Art, … Read more

REAP WHAT YOU SOW

This is the site, Llobregat Delta area. You can see the map, Pink and Red area. Pink is exisitng Agriculture area and Red is Abundant area which is cultivated in the past.The number of abundant areas is increasing little by little in Llobregat. Our proposal, we think what we can design this area. These is … Read more

Flames on the Horizon

Abstract Fire is a natural and increasingly synthetic process in Argentina, South America, and across the globe, responsible for twice the deaths as other natural disasters. All land catches flames when the air temperature (C°), humidity (%), and wind speed (km/h) are 30. The annual rate at which fire occurs is a fire regime, categorizing … Read more

Thirst For Change

Abstract Latin America finds itself at a crossroads, facing a tightening grip from a seemingly paradoxical situation: a growing scarcity of water amidst regions prone to both droughts and floods. This foundational story explores the current and future drought conditions gripping the continent, highlighting the environmental, social, and economic challenges at play. Introduction Understanding the … Read more

Torrents of change

Introduction: Shorter & Sharper Events Imagine the persistent drumming of rain against your window. Not the comforting tapping of a spring shower, but a relentless torrent that seems to prolong for days. This isn’t science fiction, but a glimpse into the potential future of many Latin American cities. A staggering 40% of the region is … Read more

Rising Waters

The year is 2100. Latin America is sinking. Due to global warming the polar icecaps have almost melted completely. In addition the increased temperature has caused the global water mass to expand by almost 1%. As a consequence sea levels are rising at unprecedented levels globally. The coastline in South America is hard-hit by these … Read more

Harnessing AI in Design: The Neural Network Component in Grasshopper

Grasshopper’s neural network component is turning data into smart, functional design solutions. The neural network component within this environment presents a new frontier for design intelligence. Here’s a walkthrough of how this component transforms raw data into smart design solutions. The Training Grounds: Neural Network Trainer Designers input parameters into the Neural Network Trainer—this is … Read more

Routing Accessibility

Background Public transportation plays a crucial role in urban planning globally. Extensive research indicates that bus transit has become a highly favored mass mobility system. This preference stems from its cost-effective infrastructure, flexible planning, and discrete architecture that supports incremental growth. Bus transit systems exhibit lower infrastructure costs compared to rail or subway networks, making … Read more

1 m/s Pathways: Navigating Urban Childhood

Challenges The projection by UNICEF indicating that 60% of the global child population will reside in urban areas by 2025 demands a critical reevaluation of our cities’ readiness for such a transformation. This shift presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities. By examining the fundamental challenges faced by urban childhood today, it becomes evident that the significant … Read more

BEYlink

TO RE-CONNECT AND RE-FRAME THE USE OF URBAN VOIDS “Beirut is among the many post-conflict cities grappling with dynamic and unsettled social, economic, and geographical dynamics.” “This thesis delves into the expansive realm of urban development within such cities, with a specific focus on the challenges of planning and innovative policy approaches.”  “ Beirut’s urban … Read more

POCKETHUB

Public spaces in a city, such as pathways and non-constructible parcels, are not utilized to their full potential. As a result, they create voids and detachment of citizens from their city and do not provide any meaningful benefits to the community. By using machine learning algorithms as a tool for a public organization to identify … Read more

EcoVision.AI

OVERVIEW Rapid urbanization and agricultural intensification have led to extensive land cover change, with urban areas expanding and natural landscapes transforming into fragmented environments. These changes generate climate change impacts, affecting urban areas, and creating a cyclical relationship. Advancements in remote sensing are crucial for comprehensively assessing and monitoring the impact of rapid urbanization, agricultural … Read more

GenCity.ai

Alejandro Aravena, renowned for his role in facilitating the recovery of a city struck by an earthquake and a tsunami, asserts that Participatory design transcends mere inclusivity and offers enhanced efficiency. Conventional methods may not yield the desired effectiveness, necessitating a reevaluation of the tools employed for participation.Barcelona, for instance, has already experimented with a digital … Read more