Research project 'rethinking:wood'

The department of “Experimental and Digital Design and Construction" is dedicated to the research and teaching of computational design and fabrication processes in architecture, which are developed integrating and collaborating with the adjacent fields of construction, statics and design. Material properties, structural calculations, and fabrication technology are directly incorporated into the design process via digital design logic and are closely linked. The effects of the changing production conditions due to digitalization on architecture are investigated by means of empirical research and study projects. In this context, robotics represents a central design tool with which novel digital building processes are developed. Students can use this technology to simulate and execute complete design cycles, including the production of large-scale prototypes and their analysis in design studios. The relationship and interactions between formal, spatial, structural and sustainable design parameters are experimentally explored and implemented in algorithmic design strategies.