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Matthew James Gilbert

affiliation Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA)
Matthew is currently completing his Masters at the Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen. He completed his Bachelors of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales and has just completed an internship at CITA.

Interview with Julian Lienhard, Digital Crafting 5 Seminar

–In your lecture, you discuss “form active structures”, this idea of behavior and integration of performance. Can you elaborate on this?

Form-active structures are the newest category of structural systems where textile or foil materials develop significant structural capacities. Based on the combination of pre-stress and double curvature the membrane material is enabled to not only work as cladding on an existing structure, but to become a leading component of the structural system. This allows a high level of integration and at the same time extremely long spanning and lightweight structures.

Since the shape of such a membrane structure is […]

Report from Digital Crafting 5 Seminar

Digital Crafting Report from Seminar 5: Textiles and Fibre-based Materials in Architectural Construction

The fifth Digital Crafting Seminar “Textiles and Fibre-based Materials in Architectural Construction” was held at the Design School in Kolding on August 24, 2011.  Four guest speakers: Joy Boutrup from Design School Kolding, Johan Bettum from Städelschule Architecture Class, Julian Lienhard from the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart, Germany and Sean Ahlquist from the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart.

Textile engineer Joy Boutrup presented “Scales of Performance, Fibres, Yarns and Textiles” which addressed fundamental research questions relating to material […]

Digital Crafting Workshop 5

The fifth and final Digital Crafting workshop “Complex Membranes and the Variegated Material” was held at Kolding Design School August 22-24 2011.  Sean Ahlquist, the founder of Proces2 and Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart led the two-day workshop.  The workshop explored ideas of material design and ways of using digital tools to tune material performance.  The workshop involved a multi-disciplinary group with different specialities including Joy Boutrup, a textile engineer, Vibeke Riisberg, a textile designer and Helene Jensen, a textile fabricator.   The participants used digital tools to create computational […]

Interview with Sean Ahlquist, Workshop 5 Guest

The fifth and final Digital Crafting Workshop was held August 22-24 2011 at the Kolding Design School. This workshop investigated the intersections between textile design and architecture.

–As the workshop guest leader, what were your main intentions with “Complex Membranes and the Variegated Material”?

The intention with the workshop was to examine the relationship of a structured surface to its material composition. Often, with structures at an architectural scale defined purely by tensile forces flowing through textile (membrane) elements, material composition is considered homogenous. This is almost a necessity from a design point of view, in which the complexity of the structural […]

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

Delia Dumitrescu

Affiliation: Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås Department of Applied Information Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg


Delia Dumitrescu has an architect diploma from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. In 2008, she finished her master degree in textile design at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden. Since 2008 she is a Phd student at the Swedish School of Textiles and at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.

Guenther H. Filz

affiliation: Institute for Structure and Design – University of Innsbruck, Austria

Guenther Filz, born 1973, received his Diploma degree and PhD in architecture with distinction from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He worked amongst others for Eisenman Architects, NYC, before becoming Assistant Professor at the Institute for Structure and Design, with Prof. Eda Schaur (former Head of IL, Stuttgart) in 2002. His main area of research is related to self-organising processes, lightweight and mainly membrane structures.

Guenther Filz at the Digital Crafting Seminar 5 from CITA on Vimeo.

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 […]

Reinhard Kropf

affiliation: Helen Hard Architects / Stavanger / Norway

I lived in Graz, where I studied at the Technical University. In that period, I worked in various architectural offices before I moved to Oslo to study at AHO in the class of Sverre Fehn. Here I met Siv, I fell in love and we started Helen & Hard as students. Since then time went very fast. Siv and I always shared a passion for architecture, art and philosophy which we constantly try to foster and implement in our daily work. Besides working in the studio I teach at various universities including […]

Paul Ehret

affiliation: Gehry Technologies / Paris

After having studied in Strasbourg, Milano and Paris Paul got specialized in digital fabrication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta with Monica Ponce de Leon (GSD, OfficedA).
He has been working in New York City for Asymptote and Gage-Clemenceau Architects then came back to France to join the starting team of Gehry Technologies Europe. He has been leading digital teams from diverse projects such as Kapsarc for Zaha Hadid Architects, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Luma Foundation for Frank O. Gehry, some tower projects for Skidmore Owings and Merrill.
He is teaching Digital Design and […]