The Valldaura Campus is a large park and testing ground for innovation that features the latest technologies in the fields of energy, information and fabrication.
The core of this innovative project developed by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a laboratory to implement investigation and set a new benchmark for self-sufficiency. The Valldaura Self-sufficient Labs express a new concept for sustainability established by IAAC with the aim to create a sustainable, consciously designed ecology using both cutting edge technology and traditional craftsmanship.
The Valldaura Self-sufficient labs and its three Laboratories, Food Lab, Energy Lab and Green Fab Lab; allow to research the specificities of the production of key elements involved in self-sufficiency: food, energy and things, combining ancestral knowledge that connects us to nature with the latest advanced technology.
The Green Fab Lab is also part of the Fab Lab Network, a fabrication laboratory this time oriented towards self sufficient and productive solutions.
The Valldaura Campus also hosts the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB). Students participating in this hands-on, investigative programme can live on campus and have a fully immersive experience in self-sufficient ecological living. This allows for extensive, hands-on research and investigation in computational agriculture, metabolic systems, and ecological strategies, while only being a short distance away from all the facilities and resources that Barcelona has to offer to students and researchers.
The Valldaura Campus also hosts numerous programmes, courses, projects and initiatives from any department of IAAC. Research projects such as ROMI (Fab Lab Barcelona), or courses of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC), events linked to the Fab Academy or IAAC’s graduation party, all occur at the Valldaura Labs.
Vicente Guallart in conversation with Bjarke Ingels