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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.

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

Laserworks competition 2011

What can you do with 5sqm wood?

After the success of the first one the  second laserworks competition in Copenhagen offers another chance to work directly with material and lasercutter. Selected participants get free access to material and machine and have to finished their creations by the beginning of June.

The competition is organized by keps in Copenhagen Vesterbro – a place that offers as well machining and workshopspace for freelancer and small offices in architetcure and design.

The competition is officially closed for application – late entries are yet welcome.

more infos here

Exhibition: 1:1 - Research By Design

Date:     12.03.11 – 10.04.11
Location:     The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
The Exhibition Hall
Danneskiold-Samsøes Alle 51
1431 Kbh. K
Time:     Weekdays 11-20 / Weekends 12-18

Opening: 11.03.11 – 16h

The exhibition 1:1 – research by design shows results from research at the Institute for Design and Communication and the Center for Information Technology and Architecture, CITA, at the School of Architecture. Through research by design concordance is sought between the methods of research and a form-giving, experimental design practice.

Through drawings, models and experiments in 1:1 (full scale), the exhibition shows how digital media and new materials which are on their way or already available to construction can create new possibilities for design and tectonics in architecture. The exhibition shows architecture in an interdisciplinary context with collaborating fields such as computer science and computer graphics, robotics and interface design, construction technology and construction, as well as design, textiles and film. The exhibition will therefore show examples of investigation into 3D modelling and parametric design, Rapid Prototyping and CAD-CAM, new furniture and graphic design, colour analysis as well as studies of morphology and topology.

The exhibition 1:1 – research by design is built up around a number of large models, mock-ups and demonstrators, which provide an impression of how ideas and new technology can contribute specifically to our future surroundings. This is emphasized by the exhibition space: the large, high-ceilinged exhibition space in Meldahls Smedje at the School of Architecture, Holmen.

Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (CITA) gives lecture on Web-TV

The School of Architecture in Copenhagen and the Danish Architecture Centre DAC are recording their joint lectures. The first result of this cooperation was a triple lecture on the 8th December 2010 on the Future of building materials. CITA head – Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and doctoral student Anne-Mette Manelius were part of this. Please watch the 20 min lecture of Mette here or follow this link for further videos

Seminar on Design Potentials in Polyester – 23 February 2011

Designskolen Kolding invites to seminar on Design Potentials in Polyester

The seminar is held 23 February 2011 from 1-4 p.m.

KUC Auditory, Ågade 27, DK-6000 Kolding (across the street from Designskolen Kolding)
The basis for this seminar is the research and education at the Designskolen Kolding that in the recent years have been focusing on the functional, aesthetical and sustainable aspects with using the two types of polyester, PET and PLA
The seminar presents three lectures that in different ways show a range of new aspects concerning the design potentials of the two types of polyester.

B.Sc.Eng Textile technology, M.Sc.Eng Design&Innovation Karen Marie Hasling presents the preliminary results of the project ‘Green’ bio composites for ceiling and wall elements – an exploration of the functional and aesthetic potentials. The project has been funded by the Danish Center for Design Research.
Textile engineer, senior lecturer Joy Boutrup discusses new developments within the two polyester types, PET and PLA.

Senior lecturer, PhD Vibeke Riisberg informs about the experiences from a course working with sustainable fashion in 100% polyester.
For questions and registration, please contact Annette Grønbæk ( Last day for registration is 16 February 2011. A registration fee of 100 DKK will be charged and can be transferred to reg#:0216, account#: 4069032842.