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Digital Crafting 3 Seminar Report Now Online

Read the Seminar Report from Digital Crafting 3 with Interview with Tobias Bonwetsch and the Interview with Ole Sigmund.

Digital Crafting 3 Workshop Report Now Online

Read the Workshop Report and Interview with Workshop leader Asbjørn Sondergaard.

Digital Crafting 3 “CNC and Concrete: How to Mould”

The third Digital Crafting workshop “CNC and Concrete: How to Mould” was held at the Danish Institute for Technology in Copenhagen August 18-19 2010.  Asbjørn Søndergaard from Aarhus School of Architecture led the two-day workshop which allowed participants to work in small groups to create digitally fabricated foam formwork for a concrete prototype.  Discussions and lectures during the workshop related to the question of how designers can use morphogenetic tools to allow for structural optimization and how designers can design material logic and performance into digital models.

During the workshop, the first day was spent largely working in […]

Performance, Scale and the Beauty of Optimization – Interview with Ole Sigmund

Ole Sigmund is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section for Solid Mechanics, Technical University of Denmark.   He researches the design of extreme materials, smart materials, compliant mechanisms, MicroElectroMechanical Systems, crashworthiness, fluid systems and wave-propagation problems in acoustics, elasticity, nano-optics, meta-materials and antennas.

His lecture was about the applications of topology optimization, and about how materials can be designed to be better performing, solve complex design problems and be beautiful.   Following the lecture the group discussed optimization in relation to material and material design.  The group discussed some ideas about gradient rather than absolute material performance, and materials with […]

Seminar Day Digital Crafting 3

The third Digital Crafting seminar “The Architect as Material Designer” was held at the Danish Institute for Technology in Copenhagen on August 20, 2010.  Four guest speakers: Neil Leach from University of Southern California, Ole Sigmund from the Technical University of Denmark, Marco Poletto from ecoLogicStudio and the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and Tobias Bonwetsch from the Institute for Technology in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich presented ideas about the changing role of the designer with regard to material design.

During the seminar, participants discussed the role of material in design, the nature of optimization, and the creative […]

Interview with Asbjørn Søndergaard, Workshop Leader “How to Mould”

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During the workshop, participants visited the topology optimized concrete structure produced during the Unikabeton research project by researchers Per Dombernowsky and Asbjørn Søndergaard. Fabricated using large-scale industrial CNC-milling facility at Danish Institute of Technology, the structure represents the first realized topology optimized concrete structure. A full-scale version of the optimization experiments undertaken at the Digital Crafting Workshop 3, the prototype reflects the morphogenetic principles of design and conceptualization facilitated by the method of topology optimization.  For more details of […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]