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Videos of DigitalCrafting Symposium 2 online

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


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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 which to explore its future. By facilitating exchange and feedback between the different knowledge fields of design, engineering and crafts, digital technology holds the potential to effect new answers to the complex challenges of contemporary building practice.

The second Digital Crafting symposium will discuss the future perspectives for a new integrated digital practice. Inviting practitioners from the fields of architecture, engineering and theory to share their experiences and present recent work, the symposium aims to unfold new visions for thinking the links between design, analysis and fabrication. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, bottom up thinking and complex modelling we ask how the shared digital platform can create new material strategies for design.

Digital Crafting is hosted by CITA Centre for IT and Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

The DigitalCrafting symposium addresses practitioners, researchers and students from the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. The symposium is free and open to the public. Due to demand and to support organisation we ask you email your participation:


10:15                     Registration and coffee

10:45                     Welcome and introduction Martin Tamke

11.00h Session 1:  Consequences for making

chair: Phil Ayres (CITA)

Antoine Picon – Harvard Graduate School of Design / Cambridge

Fabio Gramazio – ETH / Gramazio Kohler architects / Zuerich

14.00h  Session 2:  Consequences for material practice

chair: Christoph Schindler (schindlersalmeron)

Jan Knippers – Uni Stuttgart / Knippers Helbig Engineers / Stuttgart – New York

Marta Malé-Alemany – IAAC Barcelona / AA London

16.00h Session 3:  Consequences for design practice

chair: Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (CITA)

Paul Ehret – Gehry Technologies / Paris

Reinhard Kropf – Helen Hard Architects / Stavanger / Norway

17.30 End of Symposium


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DigitalCrafting Symposium 1 - videos of all lectures online

We are happy to share all lectures of the first DigitalCrafting Symposium. Please have a look for the videos here

Digital Crafting Events: Symposia

The two symposia develop the theoretical framing of the project. The aim for the symposia is to critically reflect on the scope of the research project, the international context and its practical and theoretical consequences. The symposia will invite international researchers and practitioners to present a critical reflection of the field.

The symposia focus on the dual nature of the inquiry. With a central interest in the relationship between the encoded and the material the symposia will seek to develop the intersections between these two strands of thinking.

Symposium 1:  10. December 2010
DIGITAL CRAFTING 1: Computation and Craft

Symposium 2:  25. November 2011
DIGITAL CRAFTING 2: Consequences

Asbjørn Sondergaard

DigitalCrafting Symposium 1: Computation and Craft

The DigitalCrafting research network invites everybody to take part at the first DigitalCrafting Symposium on the 10.December 2010 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen:

Date: Friday 10.12.2010 – 10.30h-17.30h

Venue: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Auditorium 2
Philip de Langes Allé 10
1435 Copenhagen K /Denmark


Recent years have seen the development of common digital platforms creating new collaborations between architecture, engineering and construction. The consolidation of new interfaces between design and fabrication has lead to a more variegated design practice and the exploration of new structural systems.

The first Digital Crafting symposium asks how the integration of design, analysis and fabrication challenges the knowledge spaces of design, engineering and craft. The symposium presents new models of collaboration between the partners of the built environment and discuss how these can lead to new building practices.

The symposium invites leading practitioners and researchers from fields critical to the profession. The symposium is run in three sessions. Each foregrounds a particular aspect of change, towards which presenters from different yet linked domains build a cross disciplinary perspective.

The DigitalCrafting symposium addresses practitioners, researchers and students from the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. The symposium is open to the public.


10.30 Registration
11.00 Intro to the Digital Crafting Symposium and Network – Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Claus Peder Pedersen

11.15 Session 1: Computation and Fabrication – How to fabricate?
13.00 Lunch

13.45 Session 2: Computation and Simulation – How to Analyze?
15.25 Coffee break

15.45 Session 3: Computation and Design – How to design?
17.30 Closing remarks and end of Symposium


Session 1: Computation and Fabrication – How to fabricate?

Digital fabrication is common in today’s building practice. To make use of this technological platform it is important that architects and designers find ways of interfacing between design and fabrication. This session discusses computational design techniques and the new forms of collaboration that rise from this shift in material practice.

Head of Panel: Enric Ruiz Geli (cloud9 / Barcelona)

Martin Antemann (Blumer Lehmann AG/ Gossau)

Fabian Scheurer (designtoproduction / Zuerich)

Does the complexity of today’s building practice necessitate the direct engagement of architects in buildings fabrication? What are the drivers of change for the future process of building architecture? What are the roles of the players engaged? Do digital production techniques fulfil their promise and where are they leading us to?

Session 2: Computation and Simulation – How to Analyze?

Traditionally design and analysis are seen as subsequent steps in the design process. As new computational tools merge design and simulation we enter a new practice in which analysis can become integrated into the early design phase. This session discusses different simulation approaches and the consequences of this new practice for the profession.

Head of Panel: Azam Khan (Autodesk Research / Toronto, Canada)

Tristan Simmonds (Simmonds Studio / London)

Sean Ahlquist (icd / University of Stuttgart)

How do simulation of complex structures and their realization match? How can the early design phase be supported with simulation? What kind of simulation in respect to material, space, use, tectonic can fulfil this? Is there a different quality that enters early design through simulation?

Session 3: Computation and Design- How to design?

Digital platforms challenge architectural design practice and lead to new spatial opportunities. During the last 10 years the profession has developed a new algorithmic modelling practice that introduces code as part of design. This session discusses recent developments in computational design that challenge the core architectural concerns of programme and construction.

Head of Panel: Michael Meredith (mos-office New York)

Tobias Wallisser (Lava / AKA Stuttgart)  

Max Maxwell (Supermanoeuvre/  London-NYC)

To what extent do analytical and generative methods open connections between the digital and the real? How do they address relationships between intention, geometry, program and material?


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DigitalCrafting Symposium – Text and Media Package (zip file 9mb)

Enric Ruiz-Geli

Enric Ruiz-Geli and his interdisciplinary architectural team Cloud 9 in Barcelona work at the interface between architecture and art, digital processes and technological material development. The architects’ multifaceted projects include stage sets and buildings, installations and industrial products, and are realized together with various collaborative partners. Cloud 9 is committed to the use of new technological developments and the performative character of architecture, which creates intelligent structures in emulation of nature.

Enric Ruiz-Geli founded Cloud 9 in 1997. The Spanish architect and artist has been awarded the Research and Development Award of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (2008) and the Catalonian Premis MediAmbient for sustainable architecture (2009), among others.
The most important projects of Cloud 9 include the “Villa Nurbs” in Empuriabrava, an organically formed, ecological and futuristic house. For the recently completed Media-TIC Building in Barcelona, the architects also made use of a high-tech membrane equipped with a digital, controllable mechanism that facilitates the absorption of sunlight.

Michael Meredith

affiliation: mos-office / New York


Michael Meredith is a partner in MOS, and an Associate Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Azam Khan

affiliation: Autodesk Research (Toronto, Canada)


Azam Khan is the Head of the Environment & Ergonomics Research Group at Autodesk Research. Starting in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, Azam focused on advanced 3D camera navigation interaction techniques, large displays, and pen-based interaction and has been chair of alt.chi.

More recently, Azam has been exploring modeling and simulation including physics-based generative design, air flow and occupant flow in an architectural context, and simulation visualization and validation based on sensor-networks. In 2009, Azam founded and chaired SimAUD, the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design to foster cross-pollination between the simulation research and the architecture research communities.

Lecture Azam Khan:

Martin Antemann

affiliation: Blumer Lehmann AG / Gossau / Switzerland


As a member of the extended board of Blumer-Lehmann AG,  Martin Antemann is responsible for the success and development of the company, especially in research, technical development and marketing. In the very unique designed and complex structures he is responsible for the customers satisfaction, quality and security of costs. Leading, project specific planning intern and extern, sourcing, production and installation, he can optimise all project steps. The benefit is his practical background in combination with his theoretical study.

Fabian Scheurer

affiliation: designtoproduction


Fabian Scheurer (born 1969 in Munich, Germany) seeks to interface the abstract order of digital systems with the creative chaos of design. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich after studying computer sciences and architecture and worked as assistant at the CAAD group of TU-Munich, as software developer at Nemetschek Programmsystem GmbH , and as new media consultant for Eclat AG in Zurich. From 2002 until 2006 he researched and lectured as a member of Ludger Hovestadt’s CAAD group at the ETH Zurich. His scientific work focused on the practical aspects of artificial-life methods in architectural construction and has been applied to a number of collaborative projects between architects, engineers, and fabrication experts. In 2005 he co-founded designtoproduction as a research group at the ETH. Since 2006 he is an associate in the company of the same name.