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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.


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.

Call for phd scholarship at CITA

CITA is offering a PhD scholarship in “Complex Modelling”. The deadline for applications for the 3 year fully funded PhD is at 1. February 2012. more infos here

Application deadline at 15th January ! SmartGeometry Workshop and Symposium 2012

The SmartGeometry workshop and Conference 2012 is going to take place in upstate New York at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, in upstate New York from 19-24 March 2012. The 2012 conference is especially looking at the relation between material and digital design and how computational techniques redefine this.

Over the last years the SmartGeometry conference has become one of the main hubs to exchange and test new ideas and concepts around computational design. The SG community is now inviting everybody interested to take part in the 2012 workshops and has a call for participation out.

SmartGeometry 2012: Material Intensities

The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and information.

sg2012 Workshop

The SmartGeometry Workshop is a unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of academia, professional practice as well as many of the brightest students. The workshop is open to 100 applicants who come together for four intensive days of design and collaboration.

The sg2012 Workshop will be organised around Clusters. Clusters are hubs of expertise. They comprise of people, knowledge, tools, materials and machines. The Clusters provide a focus for workshop participants working together, within a common framework.

Clusters provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, processes and techniques and act as a catalyst for design resolution. The Workshop is made up of ten Clusters that respond in diverse ways to the sg2012 Challenge Material Intensities. Workshop applicants should apply to specific clusters.

The workshop applications closes 15. January 2011

More information on the workshop and application on

Videos of DigitalCrafting Symposium 2 online

The presentations of the 2nd Digital Crafting Symposium are now online. Please follow the links to the presentations:


Antoine Picon
Fabio Gramazio
Jan Knippers
Paul Ehret
Reinhard Kropf

Workshop reports on:

Workshop 1 – by Paul Nicholas
Workshop 2 – by Christoph Schindler
Workshop 3 – by Asbjørn Sondergaard and Johannes Rauff Greisen
Workshop 4 – by Claus Peder Pedersen
Workshop 5 – by Mette Ramsgard Thomsen

An overview of the video can be found on Vimeo

DigitalCrafting Symposium 2: Venue changed to larger Auditorium

The second DigitalCrafting symposium was moved to the larger Auditorium 2 of the School. This is as we received allready a higher amount of reservations requests than expected and we want to keep the symposium free and open to all interested! So please come and inform your communities about the event.

New Venue: Auditorium 2- Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Main Entrance Danneskiold Samsøs Alle, Holmen

DigitalCrafting Symposium 2: Consequences

The DigitalCrafting research network invites everybody to take part at the second DigitalCrafting Symposium on the 25.November 2011 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen:

Date: Friday 25.11.2011 – 10.30h-17.30h

Venue: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Auditorium 2- Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Main Entrance Danneskiold Samsøs Alle, Holmen


Today digital technologies inform all levels of building practice. As a link between representation, design, analysis and production, digital technologies are both practical tools by which to optimise existing practice as well as speculative media by [...]

Seminar 5: Videos of presentations online

The presentations of the 5th Digital Crafting Seminar are now online. Please follow the link to the presentations:


Joy Boutrup: Scales of Performance: fibres, yarns and textiles
Johan Bettum: The Material Geometry of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites
Julian Lienhard: Bending Active Membrane Structures
Sean Ahlquist: The Computational Perspective

Ongoing Work Presentations:

Guenther H. Filz
Delia Dumitrescu
Karen Marie Hassling

An overview can be found on Vimeo

Workshop 5: Complex membranes and the variegated material

Workshop: How to Brace
Autumn Semester 2011: August 22 – 24. 2011
The workshop investigates the intersections between textiles design and architecture. Textiles design is a form of material design. Forming the textile structure and composing different yarns enables the fabrication of highly specialised materials designed in respect to the performance and use. Developing our own bespoke complex structured and materially variegated textiles the workshop asks how the tradition of working with textile membranes can be considered in respect to architecturally designed engineered materials.
The workshop guest is Sean Ahlquist.

Research question
Digital tools allow us a new scale of material address in order to [...]