Today the OTF 5.0 Researchers went to visit Ceràmica Cumella and Santa&Cole, check it out!

Ceràmica Cumella

The family workshop CERÀMICA CUMELLA, founded in 1880 in Granollers (Barcelona), originally devoted
to the manufacturing of traditional ceramics and pottery for daily use, has finally become the central core
of an intense public and professional activity. Ceràmica Cumella has lately experienced a notorious increase
in the industrial production of serial pieces -floorings, socles, lattices, coatings, steps, modular elementsundoubtedly
specific in many cases, since they are ordered pieces. Cumella with the conviction of a necessary
integration of technical tradition and innovative process, encouraging with a steady hand and continued
research, for example, on the definition of colours and the manufacturing of the corresponding glazes, both
for mechanical or manual applications; or on finding solutions on how to keep up with present technological
requirement. Toni Cumella spontaneously associates craftsmanship with serial production, personalization,
adaptability, history and culture, not necessarily by this order. He sees it all as a use of concepts, techniques
and processes so as to achieve a specific form of life.


For 28 years now, Santa & Cole has lived for industrial design, an art consisting of focusing on everyday
objects in order to seek a better use experience, thereby leading us to reflect upon material culture.
Santa&Cole generate elements of domestic and urban furniture and lighting, plant elements (living matter)
and books (likewise alive). A range that is only apparently dispersed, converging upon a single concern: not
to accumulate, but rather to select; not to enjoy quantity, but rather quality. Santa & Cole is organized around
four core themes : 1. Strategy, Structure and Knowledge, 2. Editing Policy, 3. The Importance of Design for
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GSS2014 // Final Presentations // Barcelona

Check out the Final Presentations of the Global Summer school 2014 “The Next City” in Barcelona. The presentations were done with video mapping, and prototypes of the proposals were also displayed in function for the jury and public present.

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Global Summer School 2014 // Final Presentations // Barcelona


Global Summer school 2014 // The Next City


Tuesday, 22nd of July 2014 // 16h00 – 18h00, IaaC Auditorium

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GSS2014 The Next City // day 10-14

Day 10 of the Global summer School in Barcelona marked the start of the Synthesis phase, then continued through day 11.

The idea is not to create scaled models representing concepts, but rather take forward certain parts of the team projects to prototype as proofs of concepts. Documentation of this work is being done through two products: 1) a dynamic scale model showing the generative strategy as distributed in Torre Baró and 2) a 1:1 ‘detail’ prototype showing the working energy apparatus to be distributed in the site.

For the development of this phase we have been joined by audio visual experts Ignacio de Juan Creix and Carlo Santi from TL3.

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GSS2014 The Next City // day 9

Day 9 of the Global Summer School in Barcelona started with a Digital Design Tools tutorial run by IAAC Global School Coordinator and Computational Expert Luis Fraguada.

The groups then had the opportunity to work on their project proposals and initial prototypes, which were then later presented in the Mid-Presentation of the GSS.

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New ABB Robot @ Valldaura!

Say hello to the newest member of our robot family at IAAC, meet the new ABB robot in Valldaura Labs!

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GSS2014 The Next City // day 8

The Global Sumer School day 8 in Barcelona continued with IAAC Physical Computing expert Guillem Camprodon, developing a practical approach for designing, testing and pro typing energy generation systems.

In the evening, some of the IAAC Alumni presented the works they developed during the Masters in Advanced Architecture.

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