The Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities (MAEBB) postgraduate program is an 11-month immersive academic program focused on learning how to design and build a new generation of buildings and cities to respond to the planet’s emerging climate challenges. The program is carried out in Valldaura Labs, in Barcelona, a 135 He property located in the Collserola forest. Here, students will live and work surrounded by nature while using the most advanced technologies and design techniques in the pursuit of what is also IAAC’s long term initiative, to create self-sufficient and ecological environments.


Echo house | Water

Treatment of water through nature based solutions was chosen as it allows to maintain the initially intended amount of green spaces on the roof, while still providing space for food production and decreasing the amount of water required for irrigation. After going through primary treatment where all solids are removed from the wastewater it goes … Read more

Tabrizian Tapestry: Metabolic Systems Water

Rated under the World Water Pressure Map, Iran has an extremely high risk level of water stress assessment and the ratio of withdrawls to supply in a 2040 forecast. For our building Tabrizian Tapestry, we have created the following study and water management assessment through the following strategies: 1. CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS: Through subsurface flow constructed … Read more

DZONGHA | Metabolic Building Systems : Water

Shruti Sahasrabudhe, Larsen Bidstrup, Nishanth Maheshwaran, Jacek Antoni KostrzewaMASTER IN ADVANCED ECOLOGICAL BUILDINGS AND BIOCITIES, 2022-2023, IAAC In the Bhuddist traditions of Bhutan, water is holy. We sought to design with this respect top of mind. Before calculating water usage, we classified different water qualities into blackwater, greywater, rainwater, and potable water. On the basis … Read more

MEDITERRANEAN | Metabolic Building Systems: Water

Water Demand of the Building Water Saving Strategies The building depends on rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, black water treatment and recycling to reduce its water demand. Water saving strategies such as shower head aerators, faucet aerators, low flow toilets and eco-washing machines help to reduce the monthly water consumption by 20%. The landscape includes native … Read more

AL HABIBITAT | Metabolic Systems: Water

Egypt in recent years is observed to have been through water scarcity issues. Nile river being the major & nearly the only source of water, does not seem to provide with the current water needs also considering an exponential increase in the population. Speaking specifically about Aswan, nearly 97% of its water needs depends on … Read more

Arctic Onion | Metabolic Building Systems – Water

Water Context in Reyjkavik(1) Volcanic Zones & Geothermal Fields in Iceland (2) Monthly Rainfall Data of Reykjavik (3) Geothermal Water Consumption in Iceland (4) Hellisheiði Power Plant, Reykjavik (5) Water Conservation Area, Reykjavik Water Metabolism MapHeated, Rainfall and Fresh Drinkable Water Systems Rainwater Harvesting: Table | Diagram Water Consumption Stategies: Conventional Consumption | Optimized Consumption [45,46 % of Water Saving]

THE NEST | Metabolic Systems: Water

The region of Accra, Ghana receives heavy rainfall and has two wet seasons. As a result, through the design, the goal is to trap as much rainwater as possible and utilise it in an optimum manner. The Site is also located in close proximity to a natural lagoon. Hence, ground water and stormwater treatment become … Read more