Creative Urban Farming Workshop

4 – 5 – 6 May 2019 | BARCELONA, SPAIN
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya

Today, we have accessibility to products coming from anywhere in the world, all year round. However, it is questionable whether the quality of these products is healthy, and whether the food chain is sustainable, like food production, distribution and disposal involve a complex set of economic activities, exchanges (digital and physical) and human behaviours that all sharply affect the living conditions of the planet and its inhabitants. Moreover, there is a growing recognition that food is not only meant to feed us from a nutritional point of view, as it creates also relations referring to the social and cultural perspective, for example, conviviality and feeling of belonging.

Design, through the development of creative, circular and innovative products and services, has the potential to enhance and boost sustainable food production and distribution, and food-related social and cultural processes and practices. In this regard, one of the main questions that architects, designers and creatives are called to respond to is: how can we integrate food production and distribution in the urban environment, enhancing participatory processes and circular use of available resources?

Creative Urban Farming Workshop will investigate how design, based on creativity, circularity and new technologies, can help to boost participatory food production in the urban environment in a pro-active and productive way, and through diverse scales. We aim to develop innovative urban food production systems prototypes, sharing knowledge with citizens, architects, designers and artists on how to build creative cultivation systems.

Workshop participants will learn about digital fabrication targeted at the creation of site-specific prototypes for food production, responding to local environmental, social and economic conditions and making circular use of local resources.

Each participant group will realize one 1:1 scale prototype for food production in the urban environment.

The participation to the Creative Urban Farming Workshop is free of charge.
The Creative Urban Farming Workshop is part of the Creative Food Cycles (CFC) project co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union.

The workshop is lead by IAAC Barcelona and supported by LUH Hannover and UNIGE Genova.

To register complete the following matchform by the 5th of April 2019:



Matchform submission deadline: 5th of April 2019
Communication of acceptance: 10th of April 2019
Workshop: 4th, 5th and 6th of May 2019

Workshop Programme

Day One / Sat 4 May 2019:

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Opening lecture – Chiara Farinea (IAAC)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to the workshop – Mohamad Elatab (IAAC)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Introduction to project site – Federica Ciccone (IAAC)
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Groups Brainstorming
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Presentation of the concept
  • 15:00 – 18:00 Project Design
  • 18:00 – 18:30 Lecture: Open Farming – Mathilde Marengo (IAAC)
  • 18:30 – 19:00 Poble Nou Open Day and Launch of Food Interactions Catalogue

Day Two / Sun 5 May 2019:

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Lecture: Conviviality and the City: the relational spaces – Manuel Gausa (UNIGE)
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Lecture: Food in city transformation – Nicola Canessa (UNIGE)
  • 10:00 – 13:00 Prototyping
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 – 18:00 Prototyping
  • 18:00 – 18:30 Lecture: Mushrooms Cultivation – Mohamad Elatab (IAAC)
  • 18:30 – 19:00 Lecture: Biophotovoltaic Systems – Paolo Bombelli (University of Cambridge)

Day Three / Mon 6 May 2019

  • 9:00 – 09:30 Lecture: Designing Urban Food Metabolism  – Emanuele Sommariva (LUH)
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Lecture: Resilient Foodsheds – Sabrina Sposito (LUH)
  • 10:00 – 13:00 Prototyping
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Documentation
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Final Presentation


IAAC Team:

  • Chiara Farinea (IAAC – Advanced Nature Based Solutions Expert)
  • Areti Markopoulou (IAAC – Advanced Materials and Design Expert)
  • Mathilde Marengo (IAAC – Open Food Systems Expert)
  • Federica Ciccone (IAAC – Advanced Urban Systems Expert)

External Experts:

  • Paolo Bombelli (University of Cambridge – Biochemistry and Algae Expert)
  • Mohammad Elatab (Nature-based Solutions, Computational Expert)

CFC Partners:

  • Emanuele Sommariva (LUH – Resilient Urban Metabolism Expert)
  • Sabrina Sposito (LUH – Resilient Urban Metabolism Expert)
  • Manuel Gausa (UNIGE – Advanced Architecture and Co-design Expert)
  • Nicola Canessa (UNIGE – Urban Design and Participation Expert)


Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya
Pujades 102 baixos, Poble Nou, 08005 Barcelona