The Laboratory for Technological Innovation in Industrialised and Sustainable Construction Research Group researches innovative architectural applications using ceramic materials, concrete, steel metal sheets and 3D prints with carbon fibres, while creating a relationship with industrial workers in all these sectors. The group also studies the application of information and communication technologies to architecture and supervises master’s and postgraduate courses focusing on the relationship between architecture and health.
The group has three Company-Sponsored Chairs:
- The UIC Barcelona Ceramics Chair, set up during the 2004-2005 academic year.
- The Industrialised Construction and the Environment Chair, set up during the 2010-2011 academic year.
- The hARQware Home Chair, set up during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The importance of these three Chairs and the relationship between them has meant that they have been able to organise a large number of fundraising activities (more than €360.000 has been raised in the last three years) and also monitor the groups scientific production.
This production has involved cooperation between the different types of expertise of the group members and has ensured a good number of joint contributions, broadening cooperation in terms of articles and joint research between them. The most significant example of this is an indexed monograph entitled “Ceramic innovations” which was published by the Spanish National Research Council.
Other significant cooperation includes the creation of a patented prototype for a ceramic material that has achieved architectural results widely reported in specialised journals and has even won prizes as important as one from the XIII Spanish Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism (involving a travelling national and international exhibition and a publication edited by the Spanish Ministry for Public Works).