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Labs and Education

Self Sufficient Labs

Valldaura Estate

Spaces in the Collserola Natural Park



The Valldaura estate has a number of different spaces ideally suited to accommodate a variety of activities such as talks, conferences, presentations, celebrations and festivals and more. It is located in the flank of the Collserola Natural Park (more…)

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Valldaura has a group of laboratories researching into self-sufficiency that aims to be self-sufficient in the next few years. The group comprises three laboratories: Food Lab, Energy Lab and the Green FabLab (more…)

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Valldaura Labs is a research centre for self-sufficiency in the human habitat.

It’s aim is to develop knowledge, technologies and processes that enable people to produce as many as possible of the resources they need to live in their own environment. (more…)

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Events & Hosting

The Valldaura estate offers various workshops and other activities related to our Laboratories and mission. We also host events for individuals and organizations that share the values and principles we are actively fostering here (more…)

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Valldaura Campaign for Self-sufficiency


We need your help to make Valldaura into a prototype for self-sufficient habitat, an open and global community to invent the future of our cities. We need you!


What is Valldaura?

Valldaura self-sufficient labs is a project of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia aimed at developing a prototype of a self-sufficient habitat in the Collserola Park, located in the municipality of Cerdanyola, a close neighbour to the city of Barcelona.

We aim to achieve our first goal of raising 100.000 EUROS before the end of September 2016, to demonstrate that this project is also economically feasible. And it is for this that we would much appreciate your economic contribution as well as the sharing and broadcasting of the project.

The main objective is the creation of a student and researchers community that will have an immersive experience, striving to produce all necessary resources to live inside this community, while documenting every step and sharing the knowledge created out of this process.

It is in this way that we want to contribute in the defining of a new future of the human habitat, based on local production of resources and global connectivity, through the merger of ancestral knowledge and cutting edge technologies.


A community towards achieving self-sufficiency

The project will grow and develop with the collaboration of businesses and organisations, but will also rely on the vast community of volunteers and associates that share the same values as us and actively participate in making that common vision a reality.

We want to create 3 Labs: a laboratory of digital fabrication  that will use only local resources (wood, earth, minerals and waste), an energy lab that will focus on new ways of harvesting, storing and managing energy in a distributed manner (wind power, photovoltaic, biomass, etc.) and a food lab that is focused on producing all needed food using both traditional systems and new technologies for production.

In Valldaura we aim to contribute to the conservation of the Collserola Natural Park and the recapturing of the Valldaura historical patrimony, that has since its founding in 1150 been governed by monks, nobles, industrials, and now investigators.


Fighting against climate change

In this way we want to prove that it is possible to work using as a base concrete projects to change the history of the cities and of the territory, a change that can have an impact in the fight against climate change and support citizen empowerment through the potential of the emerging technologies out of the digital revolution.

In the following years, we will work to make this project a reality through educational programs, open events, and activities to society and the neighbouring community and build the infrastructure that will make this vision a reality.


Your help is essential

In short, in Valldaura there is an urgent need to create more spaces dedicated to research, as well as spaces dedicated to housing, infrastructure for the energy production, construction materials, communication platforms, as well as an implementation of a very extensive project of the property’s roads rehabilitations, roads that through their historical patrimony will generate knowledge that will later be shared both locally and globally.


We need your help to make Valldaura into a prototype for self-sufficient habitat, an open and global community to invent the future of our cities. We need you!