Computational technologies and digital fabrication change the way we design and build today. In our research and education we develop computational design techniques and digital tools that improve communication and interdisciplinary collaboration, representation and simulation as well as fabrication and materialization. Our aim is to respond to the socio-economic need for a versatile living environment beyond spatial, structural and material standardisation and repetition and design site specific, environmentally responsive and differentiated constructions. Find out more about research and teaching projects under www.ddu-research.com.
DDU Talks: Sebastian Bialkowski, tOPOS Topology Optimization Strategies for Architectural Design Processes
Parametric Modeling and Elementation of elliptical cupola
Rhino files and Grasshopper definitions for parametric modeling and elementation of elliptical cupola.
Video Tutorial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80X5kfOVTws
DDU Talks: Annie Locke Scherer, Concrete Form(ing)Work
formnext – BE-AM Built Environment AM
Lecture Bastian Wibranek at INTERGEO
DDU team member Bastian Wibranek will give a lecture on Thursday, 18.10.2018 at 15:00 h at the INTERGEO Congress, Messe Frankfurt, entitled: Robotic constructions and digital materials.
The session: Frequenz “Digital Building – Large Scale Robotics” will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Andreas Eichhorn from the Technische Universität Darmstadt and starts already at 14:00 h.
DDU Digital Design Talks: Ayoub Lharchi, Collaborative workflows in computational design
Lecture 17.10.2018 18.00 Uhr Fachgebiet Digitales Gestalten
Ayoub Lharchi develops methods for the analysis and planning of assembly. With a focus on timber construction, the project investigates the use of self-jigging joinery in which the mass customised detailing of timber elements embed bespoke joinery into the single element. The project is part of InnoChain an EU funded research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. (industry partner: Design-to-Production, Blumer-Lehmann AG).
Ayoub is a research associate and doctoral candidate at CITA (Center for Information Technology and Architecture) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture. After his graduation from the National School of Architecture Rabat with honors, he joined the University of Stuttgart where he earned his Master’s of Science degree ITECH Master Studio (M.Sc. ITECH). Ayoub is a registered Architect with an interest in computational design, complex geometries and digital fabrication.
B.I.S.S. 2017 Publication
DDU team member Bastian Wibranek contributed an article “to think the link CityElements — Infrastructure and Networks Shaping Harbor Areas”. The publication was done for the Baltic International Summer School 2017 at HafenCity University Hamburg. The article “Designing For and With Digital Machines” can be found at pages 60 – 67.
Best Poster Award
Seed fund scholar and DDU member Samim Mehdizadeh presented his research on rotoforming concrete at the digital concrete conference at the ETH Zurich and won the Best Poster Award.
DDU team members Andrea Rossi and Alexander Stefas will be presenting the paper “Funken – Serial Protocol Toolkit for Interactive Prototyping” at the eCAADe 2018 conference (17th – 21st September) in Lodz (Poland).
IUTAM Symposium on Architectured Material Mechanics, Chicago
Oliver Tessmann will give a keynote lecture on Parametric and Combinatorial Topological Interlocking Assemblies at the IUTAM Symposium on Architectured Material Mechanics on September 17 – 19 in Chicago.
AAG 2018 Workshop
Oliver Tessmann and Samim Mehdizadeh will tutor a workshop at the AAG 2018 conference at Chalmers University, Gothenburg on September 22nd – 23rd in collaboration with Annie Locke Scherer from KTH Stockholm. Participants will explore rotoforming as a was to create lightweight and dynamic formwork systems.
On Monday, September 10. DDU member Samim Mehdizadeh presented our research on rotoforming concrete at the http://digitalconcrete2018.ethz.ch conference at ETH Zürich.
Lecture Andrea Rossi at ICGG in Milano
DDU team member Andrea Rossi will be presenting latest developments in hierarchical discrete modelling with Wasp at the 18th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (ICGG 2018) at Politecnico di Milano on 3rd-7th August 2018.
The International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (http://www.icgg2018.polimi.it/) is organized biannually at different venues around the world, under the auspices of the ISGG, International Society for Geometry and Graphics. The spectrum ranges from fundamental research to geometric real-world applications in science and technology and it includes also all aspects of education in geometry and engineering graphics as well as industrial design.
The presented paper “From Voxels to Parts: Hierarchical Discrete Modeling for Design and Assembly” is available here: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-95588-9_86
DDU Digital Design Talks: Max Rudolph, Rethinking Spatial Negotiation
DIENSTAG, 19.06.2018, 18.00 h, ROBOLAB DDU
Change is taking place through all our lives. It increasingly transforms the way we are living together as society. Technical innovations change the way we communicate, distribute our knowledge and use our world. It leads to a completely networked planet; a clash of different cultures and life-plans within narrowing cities. But how is our built environment reacting to the great acceleration? What role will the architect play in future developments? Is it possible to bridge the growing gap between expert and non-expert and how can we reduce complexity and abstraction within the design and planning process?
Max Rudolph is co-founder and partner of Form Follows You, an office specialized on design strategies and communication methods to ease negotiation between different stakeholders.
Since October 2017, he is investigating together with Prof. Jochen Rabe the topic of Urban Resilience and Digitalization as a Research Associate at the Einstein Center Digital Future Berlin. Max studied architecture at the msa | münster school of architecture and the Technical University Berlin. During his studies in Berlin, he worked for the IBA Heidelberg (International Building Exhibition) and the renowned architecture office Sauerbruch Hutton Architects.
Andrea Rossi – Jury Media x Design
On Monday 28th May DDU team member Andrea Rossi will be participating as external guest to the final jury of the design studio “Rural Prototypologies”, led by Prof. Jeffrey Huang at the Media x Design Lab of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
The design studion aims at developing architectural interventions for Xixinan, a rural village in the Anhui province in China. The goal is to propose “proto-typological” solutions not only for Xixinan, but also for similar rural villages in China, and reverse the massive immigration of the rural population into cities by injecting new social spaces with collective agency. Students will develop precise architectural interventions by considering the parametric/tectonic/ecological logic of the proposed proto-typologies.
DDU Digital Design Talks: Sebastian Oschatz, Where do you want to go today? (Microsoft, 1995)
Lecture of Marc Grellert at Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz
Marc Grellert lectures about “VR / MR in the context of architecture and digital reconstruction. Considerations on potentials, limits and boundary conditions at exhibitions” at Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz on May, 9th.
Lecture Oliver Tessmann at OTH Regensburg
Oliver Tessmann will lecture at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH) on May 2nd about design of processes.
Lecture Oliver Tessmann at Edinburgh College of Art
Oliver Tessmann will lecture at the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh on March 23rd on the shifting roles of the digital in the architectural design process. Thank you Cristina Nan for hosting DDU!
Lecture Andrea Rossi at ART[n+1] Gallery in Paris
DDU team member Andrea Rossi was invited to present some of his latest research on voxel-based modelling, digital materials and collaborative fabrication at the Plexus Paris Lecture Session at the ART[n+1] Gallery in Paris, together with Inés Ariza (ETH ITA Gramazio & Kohler Research), Florian Frank (H&dM, Blickfekd7), Guillaume Meunier (Elioth).
DDU Digital Design Talks: Milos Dimcic, A Different Kind of Architect
We congratulate Samim Mehdizadeh for winning the Heinz-Stillger-Award 2017 and Felix Dannecker for receiving a honorable mention at the Fachbereich Architektur TU Darmstadt research day. Both research projects were supervised by the Digital Design Unit.
Lecture “Kreativität und das notationale Nadelöhr”
Oliver Tessmann lecturing at:
FiF Workshop “Entwerfen & Erfinden”
S1 | 20 lecture hall ULB
DDU Digital Design Talks: Dominik Zausinger, Programmieren im Bauwesen
Granular | Digital | Modular – Diskrete Ordnungsprinzipien in der Architektur
Oliver Tessmann lecturing at the congress:
Raumwelten at Panel 5, Architektur: Das gestalterische Potential von Organisationsprinzipien
Rilem Technical Committee DFC Meeting
Oliver Tessmann will lecture at this year's RILEM workshop on 3D Manufacturing Technologies in construction at TU Delft on 21st November.
DDU is represented with two paper presentations at this year’s ACADIA 2017: Disciplines & Disruption conference currently taking place at MIT Media Lab.
Anton Savov and Andrea Rossi present research on practices of design collaboration, from the conceptual phase using 20.000 BLOCKS to the assembly of digital materials with WASP respectively.
eCAADe 2017 Rome
Andrea Rossi is presenting our Paper "Geometry as Assembly – Integrating design and fabrication with discrete modular units“ at this years eCAADe Conference in Rome.
Lecture Bastian Wibranek at Baltic International Summer School 2017
Bastian Wibranek to lecture “Digital Design Unit – Designing For and With Digital Machines” at Baltic International Summer School 2017. The event takes place at HUC in Hamburg on 13.08.2017.
DDU Digital Design Talks: Liss C. Werner, Construction with Matter and Data
Lecture Oliver Tessmann at Integrale Planung – Bau- und Prozessmanagement 4.0
Oliver Tessmann to lecture at Integrale Planung – Bau- und Prozessmanagement 4.0. The event takes place on Thursday June 29. at Freie Akademie der Künste Hamburg and is organised by Detail research and ZukunftBau. http://www.detail.de/…/integrale-planung-hamburg-programm-…/
DDU Digital Design Talks: Stephan Henrich, Robotikdesign + Architektur
3D Pioneers Challenge
DDU is exited to be among the finalists of the 3D Pioneers Challenge competition. Our project Animate Matter | Materie Animieren will be shown at the FabCon 3.D und Rapid.Tech 2017 fair in Erfurt from 20. to 22. June.
„3D Digital Heritage – Exploring Virtual Research Space for Art History”- Conference in Berlin
DDU Digital Design Talks: Tobias Nolte, Certain Measures
DDU Digital Design Talks: Hanno Stehling, Design to Production
Lecture of Hanno Stehling – Tuesday, 16th May, 8.15 – 9.40 am, L3/01 room 93
Hanno Stehling will present the work of Design to Production (http://www.designtoproduction.com/), an office that pioneered building information modeling and closes the process chain that links a construction idea to its fabrication.
D2P enables non-standard projects of high complexity to take flight and supports architects, planning experts and manufacturers in reaching new heights of efficiency, safety and quality.
Lecture: Von zahmen und bösartigen Problemen beim Entwerfen, Prof. Dr.-Ing Oliver Tessmann
10th May, 1.00 pm c.t. at ULB S1/20 basement
Lecture: Robot Ecologies, Maria Yablonina
Maria will present her research work on robots in architecture at the Digital Design Unit (DDU) at TU Darmstadt. Join for lecture and drinks!
Tuesday, 9th May, 6 – 9 pm at DDU, 3rd floor
Opening of the AAM exhibition and the 3D-Print Workshop
11th April, 4 pm at Galerie, 2nd floor L 3/01
Wired Magazine reports about 20.000 BLOCKS at CeBIT
Thanks Wired Germany for featuring 20.000 BLOCKS and Ginger! We are happy to be part of Futurium's project selection for CeBIT. Last day today. Don't miss it, Halle 6 C53
Athene Preis Gute Lehre
Mieke Pfarr-Harfst‘s new book „3D Research Challenges in Cultural Heritage II. How to Manage Data and Knowledge Related to Interpretative Digital 3D Reconstructions of Cultural Heritage” was presented at EUROMED 2016. The book was published by Springer Verlag. It gives an overview of current challenges of digital three-dimensional models in the field of cultural heritage.
Further information: LINK
DDU contributed to the latest Bauwelt publication on Augmented Reality. We are happy to be included in this exciting issue. Read the article in German here: http://www.bauwelt.de/38.2016-2663882.html
BE-AM Build Environment – Additive Manufacturing
Last year in collaboration with ISM+D we organized our Think Tank on additive manufacturing. This was a great success and we decided to make it a sequel.
DDU and ISM+D are proud to announce BE-AM | Symposium on additive manufacturing in the built environment. You are invited to hear talks by:
Prof. Dr. Harald Kloft | ite, TU-Braunschweig
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jean Pierre Bergmannd and Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hildebrand | IFt, TU-Ilmenau
Prof. Achim Menges | ICD, Universität Stuttgart
Dr. Suzana Alpsancar – and Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger | TU-Darmstadt
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dillenburger | ETH Zürich
Dr. Philip Urban | Fraunhofer IGD Darmstadt
Entrance is free.
The research work on topological interlocking structures conducted by the Digital Design Unit (DDU) and If-Then Architects will be part of the exhibition +ultra. gestaltung creates knowledge in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition reveals the fundamental role processes of design play in the sciences and humanities as well as the current mergence of the digital and the analogue. The exhibition is organized by the excellence cluster Image Knowledge Gestaltung of the Humboldt-University Berlin.
+ultra. gestaltung creates knowledge, 30.9.2016 – 8.1.2017, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Euromed 2016 and CHNT 2016
Marc Grellert and Mieke Pfarr-Harfst will present their new documentation system for digital reconstructions at Euromed 2016 in Cyprus (31.10-05.11.2016) and at CHNT 2016 in Vienna (16.11-19.11.2016). For the first time, a minimum standard for digital reconstructions is defined. Additional to this, the new minimal standard is also practicable for other forms of architectural reconstruction – e.g haptic models or drawings. Their paper is also accepted for an international Springer publication that arises in the context of the Euromed 2016.
“WESA”- Final Conference
The final conference of the BMBF funded project “WESA” takes place in Paderborn on 10th and 11th October 2016. Main topic of final conference is “object-document-genesis” and focuses the scholary process of art historical collaborative projects involving digital media. Internationally recognized researcher in the field of Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities will give lectures and participate in a panel discussion. A detailed programme is available at the website:
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invited Oliver Tessmann to join the 2016 Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium (BRAGFOST) in Campinas, Brasil from September 20. until September 23.
The series of interdisciplinary binational conferences bring together approximately 60 outstanding young engineers and natural scientists from a wide range of disciplines to exchange ideas across disciplines and national boundaries.
film work at DDU
While gearing up for the #hellwach exhibition at the TU Darmstadt the DDU was visited by Martin Papirowski and his film crew. Our 20000 blocks project will be featured in an ARTE/WDR documentation on the renaissance as a period of ground-breaking innovations that laid the ground for current and future technologies.
GAM Structural Affairs
DDU is excited to be part of the latest issue of GAM “Structural Affairs”. We discuss our project Sensitive Assembly as well as the concept of Topological Interlocking.
Animate Matter | Materie Animieren Luminale 2016
The installation Animate Matter | Materie Animieren designed by the Digital Design Unit (DDU) was on display at the Luminale 2016 in Frankfurt and at the Hörsaal- und Medienzentrum of the TU Darmstadt.
If you haven’t seen it live, here a link to an online video of the project: https://vimeo.com/162875299
The Digital Design Unit (DDU) is at RobArch2016 in Sydney from 15 to 19 March 2016 — http://www.robarch2016.org
We are happy to announce that the video about our project “20,000 Blocks Above the Ground” has been accepted at the conference and will be shown to the attendees of RobArch 2016. If you can’t make it to Sydney check the video online here — https://vimeo.com/157422108
Eric Schrijver – Building With Air And Light
Eric will give an insight of the making on these wonderful structures.
Lecture by Oliver Tessmann
Lecture by Pierpaolo Ruttico – Rethinking Construction, Through Robotic Fabrication
Rethinking Construction, Through Robotic Fabrication
Pierpaolo Ruttico is a research fellow at the politecnico di milano. He has worked as a designer for Pelliclarkepelli architects in New York City and as a computational designer and robotic fabrication consultant for Coophimmelb(l)au in Vienna. He has been a guest critic at Sciarc Los Angeles and his work has been published internationally, including Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012, Encoding Architecture 2013, ESDA 2014, IAHS 2015.
DDU – DDA / Discussions On the Digital in Architecture
Lecture 18.02.2016, 12.00 pm at DDU
DDU – RoboBar, 20. January 8 pm
We are happy to invite you to the opening party of our Robotic Lab at the DDU – Digital Design Unit. You are welcome to join and get a drink from the bar, operated by men and machines in graceful collaboration.
The RoboBar opens after a public lecture (Mittwoch-Abend-Vortrag) at the architecture faculty by Bob Sheil, Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor in Architecture and Design through Production and the School's Director of Technology.
Oct. 21. 2015 – Think Tank on Additive Manufacturing at TU Darmstadt
We are happy to announce our Think Tank on Additive Manufacturing at the TU Darmstadt organised by the DDU in collaboration with the Fachgebiet Fassadentechnik and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack.Additive Manufacturing (AM), a production technique that can materialize virtually any geometry by adding layers of material on top of each other. This Think Tank will give an overview of the different techniques developed and used in research and practice. We will meet and discuss the possibilities and limitation of the new technology and its relevance for the building industry.
The event of free of charge. We kindly ask you to register here.
See detailed program here.
When: 21.10.2015 | 10.00-18.00
Where: Hörsaal 91 L3|01 Fachbereich Architektur El-Lissitzky-Straße 1
Exhibition opening, Friday, 7 August, 2pm
200 students from second semester show their final models from the course “Gestalten mit Medien” on a wide blue landscape.
“Gestalten mit Medien” is a course offered by the Digital Design Unit (DDU). For this summer semester the students have taken an existing clay module and performed various digital operations with it. The resulting designs were lasercut and are exhibited at the gallery in the Architecture Building FB15.
The exhibition opening starts Friday 7. August, 2pm.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Tessmann
Dipl.-Ing. Anton Savov M.A.
KIVA guest-professorship for Dr. Marcel Bilow/TU Delft.
We are happy to annouce that our interdisciplinary application from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack, Professor for Façade Structures and the Digital Design Unit for a KIVA guest-professorship is granted. In 2016 Dr. Marcel Bilow from the TU Delft will join our teaching team for one term.
Sensitive Assembly at the Node 15 Festival in Frankfurt
Node 15 Forum for Digital Arts April 27 – May 3
The Digital Design Unit participates in the Node 15 Festival for Digital Arts in Frankfurt with the projectSensitive Assembly – Gracefully assisted by machines that sense and know.Within the leitmotif ‘Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body’ this project invites festival participants to play a Jenga-like game:Starting from a solid wall, players are asked to remove and replace its building blocks to create windows to a nurturing light while challenging its stability. The physical interaction is guided by a computational system that senses the current state of the wall and predicts its future fate: an approaching collapse or a new beam breaking through.
The project is a collaboration with Stig Anton Nielson from the University Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden.