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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

Digital Crafting Events: Seminars

Research events examine the relationship between the encoded and the crafted. Seminar sits at the end of workshops and allow a theoretical framing of the event. The seminar holds talks by the guest researcher, the network participants and other interested parties. The seminar includes presentations of the partners’ and guest researcher’s existing research inquiries, active participation with assignments given up for discussion in focus groups and ends with a reflective discussion in respect to the overall aims and objectives of the Digital Crafting bid.

Seminar 0 – Parametric Design in Practice
Seminar 1 – Parametric Design – Encoded Behaviour
Seminar 2 – The ideal of the tectonic: The tectonics of the joint
Seminar 3 – The ideal of the tectonic: The variable and the mould
Seminar 4 – The ideal of the formal: Emergence as design strategy
Seminar 5 – The ideal of the tectonic

Digital Crafting Events: Workshops

Research events examine the relationship between the encoded and the crafted. Workshops precede the seminar giving hands-on practical knowledge and access to the toolsets involved in the topic. These tools are both digital and crafts oriented. The workshop are structured around the invitation of a guest researcher that introduces a given technique and technology to the network allowing the network participants immersion in a given set of research questions, techniques, computational problems and tools.

Workshop 1 – Parametric Design / Encoded Behaviour
Workshop 2 – Wood construction
Workshop 3 – Concrete and CNC
Workshop 4 – Generative Logics
Workshop 5 – Textile logic

Cut 'n Twist prototype chair wins 1. prize

Cut ‘n twist is a chair prototype. It uses material properties to create structural stability by cutting, folding and braiding flat sheets of plywood. The speed of laser cutting facilitates a feedback loop between 2D drawings and physical models.The chair is not designed as a 3D object, but as a series of planar drawings describing shapes that allows different forms of bending and and twisting. The material and geometrical deformations of the shapes are tested in physical models and adjustments are fed back to the planar drawings.

Cut ‘n Twist is designed and made by Niels Martin Larsen, Claus Peder Pedersen, Frederik Petersen and Asbjørn Søndergaard from the Aarhus School of Architecture .

It won 1. prize at Laser works arranged by KEPS.

Digital Tectonics Seminar

Dates: 18.05.2010

The embedment of tectonic logics and material knowledge into the virtual space of computation has created new premises for exploring architectural systems. In the synthesis of the represented and the manifested facilitated by the digital space, new means of developing tectonic relations arises, paving the way for a broader understanding of materiality and architectural performance.

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen – PhD, Associate Prf., Head of Centre for IT & Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

Brady Peters, MA, Ph.D. student Centre for IT & Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

Asbjørn Søndergaard, Architect MA, research assistant, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus


Aarhus School of Architecture, Nørreport 20, 8000 Århus C, Studsgade Auditorium, 13.15 – 16.00

Digital Crafting Events

The network activities are structured around core 5 workshop/seminar events and two symposia.

The workshop/seminars are aimed strictly at the network focusing on specific theoretical, technical and practical research questions and potentials defined by the network. The workshop/seminars are sites for gaining as well as critically reflecting on experience and know-how in the field of Digital Crafting.

This build up is consolidated in two open symposia inviting international researchers representing state of the art research and findings to further frame and perspectivise the themes of the workshop/seminars and is aimed at the network but will open to a wider group of researchers, architects and students.

The seminar and workshops are coupled investigations into the given topic They are thematically organised and each focuses on a general theme introducing specific questions of formal, material and structural organisation and relating digital as well as analogue techniques. This allows for the participants of the network to contribute different research interests and technical and theoretical skills and fields of expertise. These questions are focused through the invitation of guest researchers organising hands on workshops and/or theoretical framings.

Plan of events

The planned research events examine the relationship between the encoded and the crafted. The events are organised in respect to three core trajectories examined through the focus on process, technique and theory. The three trajectories: Trajectory I: the ideal of the optimal, Trajectory II: the ideal of the tectonic and Trajectory III: the ideal of the formal present three optics by which digital practice in architecture is understood. By building a critical understanding of these our aim to build a platform from which the relationships, the connections and conflicts, between the particular optics can be understood and discussed.

The three trajectories are established in the Network’s 5 workshop-seminar events. Here 3 of the 5 events relate to the Trajectory II: the ideal of the tectonic giving the partners an opportunity to explore digital fabrication in respect to the multiple crafts traditions that are embedded into the partnership. These engage directly with the differing tectonic systems of the joint, the mould and the bracing.

The relationships are discussed and framed in the Network’s 2 symposia inviting international researchers and practitioners to a broader field of research findings.