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Welcome to the Digital Crafting Network

The research network investigates how new digital production methods are instigating profound changes in the design and building of architecture. Developing the term digital crafting, the network examines how the maturing of interfaces between the design space of the architect and the production space of the manufacturer is leading to the shaping of a new material practice in architecture. The research network is supported by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities.

The networks result have been documented in a report that can be read online here . If you are interested in obtaining a hardcopy or higher resolution pdf please contact us.

Launch of InnoChain project


innochainLaunch of new pioneering research network for innovative building design practice

The pioneering network ‘InnoChain’ has recently received a EUR 4 million grant from EU’s Research Programme ‘Horizon 2020’. Instigated by CITA it will investigate the extended digital chain as a fertile opportunity for design innovation and will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and material fabrication.
The network will include 15 new doctoral projects within the fields of architecture and engineering to start in the fall of 2015. The program continues key aspect of the Digital Craftin network and provides more information here:



UCLA is immediately hiring for several jobs and is looking for smart, motivated, young people to bring into the new facility and the expanded program.  Here is the announcement and it is followed by the individual job descriptions:

SUPRASTUDIO Program Director:

IDEAS Technology Director:

Critical Studies Lecturer:

IDEAS Lab Supervisor:

“Powerpack” Studio Lecturer:

Exhibition in Cambridge, MA "Patterning by Heat"

Today’s spaces can be knitted, woven or spun with super light, extremely strong fibers of conductive materials that both channel and connect information that can communicate, and interact with people. If architects, designers, engineers and scientists can develop methods and tools to work with these kinds of active fibers and yarns at the scale of building then they can begin to consider how to make buildings of soft, lightweight and flexible materials that not only provide shelter but also transform using computation.
Patterning by Heat: The Responsive Textile Structures presents 4 different computational textile structures that change the appearance of space through 2 different transformations that happen in the surface expression. The first typology of material is pixilated, designed with yarn that melts at high temperature; accordingly, the fabric opens or breaks when it receives current. The opening allows designers flexibility to experiment with see through effects on the fabric, or to ‘write’ upon the fabric making apertures, collecting foreground and background together in one shape. The second material has been designed with yarn that shrinks or draws solid lines in the fabric when it receives current. The shrinking reveals a more opaque patterning in the textile closing parts of that textile off, transforming the nature of that space.
Both breaking and shrinking yarns have been knitted into four different architectural tension structures that are designed using computation to track people’s presence in space by the changes that appear in the surface design.

This soft architecture can be seen here:
The Keller Gallery November 5-14, 2012
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
School of Architecture and Planning , Building 7-408.
Hours: 9am-6pm and by appointment.

A hands on demonstration/workshop titled Textile Sketches of the exhibited textiles is offered 10 November, 2012 1pm-4pm, High Low Tech Lab, The MIT Media Lab, E-14.

An Exhibition by Felecia Davis, and Delia Dumitrescu
PhD Candidate, Design and Computation, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
PhD Candidate, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås and Applied IT, Chalmers University of Technology

DigitalCrafting publication online

DigitalCrafting 2009-2011 documents the network, its participants and their work in the 2009-2011 period. The aim for this publication is to act as an extended catalogue and durable record introducing the guiding research questions, techniques and technologies. Presenting the wide variety of activities in the network, the publication traces the five research workshops-seminars as well as the two symposia that make up the core of the research activities. By showcasing the events through direct reporting and interviews with key guests and speakers, it is the networks aim to demonstrate the breadth of the research topic and the many ways in which digital crafting challenges the practices of design, architecture and engineering.

If you are interested in obtaining a hardcopy or higher resolution pdf please contact us.

The report can as well be downloaded as pdf from here download here (pdf – 7MB)

Exhibition "Material Equilibria - Variegated surface structures”

The ggggallery at Sølvgade 5 in Copenhagen invites to the exhibition “Material Equilibria – Variegated surface structures”. It is the 4th. exhibition in a series of exhibitions in the gallery space , which explore visionary movements within architecture at the intersection of experiment and technology. The Material Equilibria installation took its  departure in the 5th workshop of the DigitalCrafting network and is a part of a larger body of research focusing on the development of computational design methodologies and techniques which enable the generation of self-structured spatial forms through the generation of informed material behaviors.

The exhibition is open for everyone. So please join us and bring your friends.

Date:   Friday – August  17th.
Time:   17-21
Place:  ggggallery™ – Sølvgade 5, Copenhagen

For more information visit

Sean Ahlquist, Bum Suk Ko, Prof. Achim Menges (ICD, Stuttgart University).
Ali Tabatbai (ggggallery), Bettina Wörner (Walter Wörner GmbH & Co KG), Helene Jensen (Design- skolen Kolding), Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (CITA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), Julian Lienhard (ITKE, Stuttgart University).

Special thanks to:
Sean Ahlquist, Prof. Achim Menges (ICD, Stuttgart University), Prof. Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (CITA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) and Digital Crafting Network.

Isak Worre Foged


affiliation: Institute of Aalborg University – Architecture, Design & Media Technology

Isak Worre Foged is MSc.Eng.Arch. from the Institute of Architecture & Design (A&D), Aalborg University and M.Arch. from the EsArq, UIC, a licensed architect, MAA and a licensed civilengineer, IDA.

He is a PhD Fellow at A&D and member of the Research Group for Sustainable Architectures and the Utzon Research Center. His research is entitled ‘Environmental Tectonics: Matter Based Architectural Computation’ investigating and creating environmental morphogenetic and adaptive design methods and models.

Isak is the co-founder of the research based architectural practice AREA, located in Copenhagen, seeking to apply above research into practice. Research and design projects have been published internationally and presented in Scandinavia, Europe and the US.

Anke Pasold


affiliation: AREA

Anke Pasold, Dipl.-Des. in architecture and interdisciplinary design from CoFA/UNSW in Sydney, the Acadamy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and the School of Media and Design (ZKM) Karlsruhe and M.Arch. in ‘Genetic Architectures’ from the EsArq, UIC, Barcelona, is currently lecturer and tutor at IHK and KEA in Copenhagen with a focus on the implementation of digital design.

Anke is the co-founder of the research based architectural practice AREA, which explores material properties, design methods, generative systems, and techniques with performative environmental architectures as results.

Her design research and projects have been published internationally in Scandinavia, Europe and the US.

Felecia Davis


Affiliation:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The School of Architecture and Planning – Design and Computation Group

Felecia Davis is a PhD candidate in the Design and Computation Group at MIT.  She has been trained as an architect at Princeton University, and engineer at Tuft University  and has been exploring intersections between architecture and textiles to design soft buildings that use the pliability of fabrics.  Tents and more recently pneumatic structures, where the fabric is held in tension have a tradition and history within the realm of providing human shelter and creating space.  However, less common are strategies that could use […]

Oded Amir

Affiliation: DTU – Technical University of Denmark – PhD, MSc



Oded Amir is a researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He is educated as a structural engineer from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and holds a PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark. His research is in the field of topology optimization, where he wishes to promote applications in civil engineering. His current work is focused on studying and developing computational procedures for optimal design of reinforced concrete structures, under the framework of the project: “Topology Optimization for Reinforced Concrete Structures: […]

Åsmund Gamlesaeter

affiliation: Aedas research
Senior Designer, Computational Design Research

Åsmund has been working as Computational Design Researcher at Aedas since May 2007. In this time he has been investigating new forms of furniture design, architecture and urban planning through code. This has resulted in a set of tools and sketches implemented in design projects both inside and outside Aedas.

Åsmund graduated with an MArch from NTNU, Norway in 2006. After completing his studies he started working with Pablo Miranda Carranza on spoorg, a project by the architecture group servo, for which they were responsible of the interaction […]

Christian Derix

affiliation: Aedas research
Director of Computational Design Research

Derix founded the Research & Development group at Aedas architects in 2004. He leads the Computational Design Research group [CDR] that develops computational design applications for generative and analytical design processes in architecture with an emphasis on properties of space and human occupation. Recently, the work of CDR has been shortlisted for various design prices and research awards like the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and won the commendation of the President’s Medal for Practice Research of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA].
Derix finished his architectural studies with an MSc in Computing & Design […]