Francesc Abajo, architecture student from La Salle-URL, is one of the 10 winners of Arquia Foundation’s design competition

Francesc Abajo, architecture student at La Salle-URL, has won one of the 20 scholarships awarded by Arquia Foundation for the development of professional practices in European architecture studies. 10 of these grants were awarded through a competition and the other 10 by qualifications in the academic record. More than 800 students or architects participated in both modalities.

An overview of the proposal

Abajo participated in the competition modality. The aim for enrolled students was to design an architectural project that simulates a space of silence in a big city, a place to feel solitude and silence, like a vacuum chamber. To do this, contestants had specific location and size guidelines to be met when designing their projects.

The location should be Plaça de las Glòries in Barcelona, a natural environment where the Urban Canopy project -real winner of the contest organized by Town Hall- already had been consolidated.

Top view

Abajo chose to unite the earthly and spiritual in its design ‘Enclosed Nature‘. This is a project that serves as a reflection to unite human constructions, the city and nature, building a unique location.

His work consists of three phases that lead park visitors to different sensory states as he discovers construction, designed by way of layers -radial circles.

Plan and elevation of Francesc Abajo’s proposal, ‘Enclosed Nature’

In the first phase, a different view of the park, more contemplative, is experienced. In the second, the visitor is immersed in the shadow of the building and intuits the path by the light coming from the central space. And in the last, the peak sensory experience is reached in a space where the protagonist, a large tree, filters the light through its branches.

With this project, Abajo has positioned itself as one of the winners of an Arquia scholarship, with which he will have the chance to work for six months as trainee in Alberto Campo Baeza’s office, and which will also grant 7,000 euros for his accommodation costs.

Delivery of scholarships will take place in an act under the V Forum Arquia on 19, 20 and 21 October. The expenses of stay and transport of the winners also run by the Foundation.

Recognized professionals will participate in this forum, including Professor of La Salle-URL Eugeni Bach. The lawyer will act as a speaker at a panel discussion on the future of architecture.


La Salle-URL participates in a succesful first edition of the Barcelona World Games

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL has participated in the first edition of the Barcelona World Games, which has closed its doors with more than 120,000 visitors.

The showroom, organized by the Spanish Association of Video Games (AEVI) and Fira de Barcelona, has achieved its goal of becoming a benchmark in Spain. The number of participants has exceeded expectations, which set an attendance of 100,000 people, 70 titles exposed and over 1,000 games available to try on premises.

The Barcelona World Games showroom at Montjuïc venue

The showroom has had various areas, an exhibition area where videogame brands have announced their upcoming releases; an Arena space with live competitions with some of the top professional players; a leisure outdoors to enjoy street food, relaxation and break time proposals related to manga culture, DJs and musical performances; exclusive activities for professionals, conferences and workshops.

The stand of La Salle-URL was informing all interested audience in pursuing careers related multimedia world, videogames and animation, as well as organizing a conference on how to create your first videogame. Alun Thomas, professor at the Multimedia Engineering Degree of La Salle and expert in videogames was responsible for delivering the speech “Zombies! How to learn to make your first videogame” that managed to captivate listeners with all guidelines to turn ideas into a real game.

In addition, visitors were able to learn some of the most recognized characters in the world of videogames as the voice of Super Mario, Tekken’s creator or the director of Final Fantasy, as well as having the opportunity to attend more than 30 conferences intended for lovers of multimedia world.



Presence of La Salle-URL at CLADEA and ACOFI international conferences

The recently elected President of the International Association of Science Parks and Innovation (IASP) and CEO at La Salle Technova Barcelona, Josep M. Piqué, served as speaker at conferences of ACOFI and CLADEA, both in Colombia.

The Colombian Association of Faculties of Administration, ASCOLFA, together with Colombian Schools affiliated to CLADEA and ASCOLFA, conducted during the first week of October 2016 the 51st CLADEA Annual Meeting 2016 in Medellín, Colombia. The central theme was: “Innovation in business schools” with which was intended to share experiences and theoretical and practical advances in both academia and the business and social sectors. The central speakers who were invited are recognized worldwide in the proposed themes, so Josep M. Piqué, as representative of IASP and La Salle Technova Barcelona, played a major role in the conference.

Josep M. Piqué during his intervention at ACOFI International Conference in Engineering Education

Piqué introduced the La Salle Technova Barcelona model to business schools, and the idea of introducing an innovation park in campus as a possibility to incorporate in Latin America. In addition, he deepened in the presence of La Salle in the territory, as it has a strong partnership with several universities as ESAN. Francesc Miralles, dean at La Salle-URL, also participated in the conference. After his trip to Medellín, Piqué travelled to Cartagena to attend the ACOFI conference, a new edition of the International Conference on Engineering Education.

The Colombian Association of Faculties of Engineering (ACOFI) held from October 4 to 7 in the Convention Centre of Cartagena of Cartagena de Indias the conference whose theme was “Innovation in engineering schools: change for competitiveness and sustainability”.

On this occasion, Piqué introduced Technova Tool KIT for developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, a system where Innovation Park and university are closely related. In addition, it involves creating special programs for the growth of entrepreneurship in universities.

Piqué also wanted to emphasize that Engineering Schools are increasingly favouring Project Management and digitization, sectors on the rise and increasingly closer to technology.


Telematics’ students from La Salle-URL support Cisco to create the network of the NBA

Five telematics’ students from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL have been selected by Cisco Systems to support the basketball game between FC Barcelona and Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA Global Games Barcelona, the pre-season for the American team.

Students who have been selected are Guillermo Dobao, Pol Samarra, Jordi Cid, Giselle Salas and Judit Boixader, and will deal with the installation and maintenance of the network infrastructure that the NBA set at Palau Sant Jordi, where the game took place on October 4. Through this network the NBA serves its own staff, equipment, press, referees and markers, and allows connection to the NBA headquarters in the US to access real time data and statistics.

Students have been chosen after presenting to a call from the Cisco Networking Academy, where they had to write a letter of motivation to participate in this event, explain some of their best projects and mention their language skills. One of the most valuable points in the selection process was the fact of having completed or be enrolled at certifications CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) by Cisco Systems, highly valued certifications currently in the labour market. All students in Telematics’ Engineering of La Salle course it.

After the selection process, students received instructions on how to develop their activities during these days. They have begun to support the NBA in this collaboration with Cisco and may continue to do so until the day of the match.


Josep M. Piqué, CEO of La Salle Technova Barcelona, has been elected new President of IASP

Josep M. Piqué has been named as the new International President of the IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation), at the 33rd world conference of the association in Moscow, Russia.

The international board of the IASP is led by new chairman Josep M. Piqué, CEO of La Salle Technova Barcelona in Spain, who will take the place of former President Jean-François Balducchi. The appointment was made at the closing conference of the IASP held on September 22 in Moscow, Russia. Josep M. Piqué began his two years in office, after serving as Vice President of IASP over the past two years. He will lead the board of the IASP which consists of 14 members from 13 different countries and meets twice a year.

Josep M. Piqué, in his words of acceptance of office, has highlighted the evolution of this institution and his five primary objectives for his two-year term:
IASP is a global organization that during its 32 years of existence has been a meeting of science and technology parks, and areas of innovation around the world. The evolution of universities in the implementation of science parks has been shown, learning and sharing territorial development through technology parks, and has promoted and encouraged the areas of innovation. The common factor has been creating innovation ecosystems that impact the urban, economic and social transformation of their communities. I will do my command with the development of a strategic plan to respond to the great challenge and responsibility to the IASP in the coming years: to be the network of global innovation system. To this end, I intend to work in five main strategic objectives:
First, to train and share knowledge with park managers to give response to their local ecosystems connection with the global innovation system.
Second, to systematize international mobility between companies, technology centers, talent, technology and funding.
Third, to establish a formal dialogue with major technology corporations and demand innovation organizations, and systematically connect them with the network of parks.
Fourth, to formalize and strengthen relations with international institutions and organizations like the United Nations or Brooking Institution, for the development of alliances and positioning of the parks as benchmarks in innovation.
And fifth, to deepen the recognition of new agents and formulas for creating innovation ecosystems to learn and develop synergies with and within them, such as the Hub Lab and Think labs, said Josep M. Piqué, President of IASP, during his nomination speech.


The Drawit project finalist for the Innovation by Design Awards 2016

The prestigious competition Innovation by Design Awards organized by the Fast Company selected from more than 1700 projects those proposing innovative and disruptive to current business problems. One of the finalists in the category for students is Drawit, by Marc Expósito and Professor David Miralles, developed in the research Group in Media Technologies La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL within the area Seamless Interaction.

With Drawit, starting from a blank sheet in a tablet, the user is able to draw the objects which wants to interact with, and adapt them to his needs. For example, you can draw a lamp and a switch and move the action to the real world, ie with pictures of objects you can operate them in reality. Drawit aims to create a seamless interaction and has the will to transcend the screen to reinterpret the relationship between objects and people in order to achieve a more human and direct through visual language, leaving aside the usual interfaces and interaction functionalities.

Drawit, a Drawable User Interface from Marc Exposito on Vimeo.

Drawit has positioned itself among the finalists in an edition with more participants and categories than ever, and has earned a place in the next edition of the company magazine. The emphasis will be placed in the features and benefits of Drawit, giving an impact internationally. Drawit was also awarded in May in the 3rd edition of the international competition “Dream it. Code it. Win it” by the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York.

In addition, two former students of La Salle-URL, Judith Amores from Multimedia and Xavier Benavides from Electronic Engineering, along with other members of his teamwho are currently at MIT in Boston have also achieved a position of finalists in the same category with the project PsychicVR. His work allows to control the virtual environment through the power of concentration. That translates into a telekinetic, levitating or X-ray for the user, which through its concentration can interact with the virtual world that surrounds him and interact with him breaking the barriers of reality experience. With this project, the alumni will also see their work published in the magazine Fast Company and share experience with Drawit and the other finalists.


La Salle-URL participates in BAXI’s smart clothing collection connecting with household heating/cooling systems

HVAC systems company BAXI has developed The BAXI Project, the first collection of smart clothing that will connect people with home devices to achieve the optimal ultra personalized climatic comfort.

The research Group on Media Technologies team (GTM) of La Salle-URL, formed by Marc Aragonès, Ferran Orga, Marcos Hervas and Rosa Ma Alsina, has participated in the project with the BAXI R&D team to get the target. Specifically, it has developed a wearable for a piece of clothing capable of measuring the body temperature of the wearer and send this information to the home devices that control the temperature.

The designer Modesto Lomba has been the creator of The BAXI Project collection designs, which also featured model Martina Klein in its presentation in Madrid on September 14 in The Mood Project.

The technological solution provided by GTM researchers is a wearable consisting of a set of sensors distributed at selected points to measure body temperature. Two of the sensors are placed on the sleeves to collect peripheral temperature, and two in the armpits, monitoring the core body temperature. In addition, one measures humidity, decisive parameter for the thermal sensation. By a microcontroller, all data is collected and synchronized to be sent to a mobile application that stores data in the cloud, while allowing consultation and processing.

All data captured by the garment and transmitted to the application are analyzed to determine the relationship between the central and peripheral temperature and draw comfort conclusions at all times that the measurement is made.


This technological application will be used to monitor the temperature of each family member, the state of comfort and even receive notifications in specific cases such as fever, hypothermia or other health-related warnings. With the data obtained will be possible to transmit all the information to the device which regulates the household heating/cooling systems (thermostat or air conditioning application) to adjust the temperature at all times.

La Salle School of Architecture participates in the International Conference and Chapter Meeting



La Salle School of Architecture, with students Anna Vila, Marina Soler, Jaume Pla and Sergi Marzo,  will attend the Conference and Chapter Meeting that will have place in Girne/Kyrenia (Cyprus) from the 26th September to the 2nd October, organized by the American Institute of Architects EUROPE (AIA), under the theme Communicating Across Cultures | Past, Present & Future.

During these days, 5 teams of 5 students from different universities (Cyprus, Hungary, Czech Republic and Spain), will develop a design project to provide solutions for the old Bazar at the center of Girne. This will be presented on the 2nd October during the AIA EUROPE, and after electing the best proposal, it will be published in the ARCHITECT Magazine and the responsible institutions will be informed of the refurbishing of the area.

Professor Adrià S. Llorens from La Salle School of Architecture has been invited to give support to the projects presented.

Open Day for Masters and Postgraduate courses on the 21st September

xarxes open day

On the 21st September La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL organizes an Open Day for Masters and Postgraduate courses to present the studies offered by the University in the areas of Engineering, Architecture and Management.

The Information Session will begin at 20h with the presentation by Josep M. Santos, Director General of La Salle, who will present the university, its goals and values.

After the welcome here will be a conference by the Managing Director of Catenon for Spain, Sylvain Boy. With the title “Digital Transformation in Professional Development” the talk will go over the main topics involved in the technological revolution and the new models of communication and opportunity seeking. Boy will also talk about the personal brand and how to design and manage it.

After the Conference the Masters will be presented. This Session will provide information about the Studies and the Admissions and Enrolment process. It will also be possible to have a personal interview with the Director or Coordinator of the programme of interest. Future students will have the opportunity to discover the details about each programme of study: aim, contents, student profile and faculty and to receive orientation about the one best suited for them according to training, experience, interests and future projection.

La Salle-URL hosts the architecture programme Thinking Dwelling for the second year


La Salle Campus Barcelona hosts the second edition of the Thinking Dwelling Program, a series of activities that will take place from the 14th to the 28th September 2016 in our school.

Thinking Dwelling is a pedagogical program created by the School of Architecture of La Salle-URL and coordinated by the European Project OIKONET (financed by the Continuous Learning Program of the European Union 2013-2016). The project has the finality of creating a collaborative platform to study contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective, including the multiple dimensions that condition the ways of living in present societies: architectonical, urbanistic, environmental, economic, cultural and social.

The purpose of Thinking Dwelling is to involve academic from the community, students and professors from all the years and levels, in a common reflection on housing in contemporary societies. You are all invited to the opening of the program on the 14th September in the Auditorium.

Watch the videos of last year’s edition here.