Digital Design

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


“FUTURE STOPPS – Halt 4.0”

Participants of the DDU design studio “Design for ReAssembly” win 3 prizes in the student competition “FUTURE STOPPS – Halt 4.0”.

In autumn 2019 the city of Lörrach and IBA Basel 2020 invited students to develop ideas for future stops that combine transfer and stay with innovative, digital and sustainable aspects. The jury, comprising high-ranking representatives of almost all the current IBA sites in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as committed citizens, awarded prizes for five competition entries. Three of them were developed in the “Design for ReAssembly” DDU design studio of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Tessmann in winter semester 19/20. Students used computational design methods and robotic manufacturing to create new concepts for the reuse of concrete components, whereby the bus stop would become the material storage for future buildings. The work was honoured with the 2nd prize and honorable mentions.

2. Prize:

„Future Stopps“: Hongkai Sun

Honorable Mention:

„Busstop through the Lense of a Machine“: Anna Braumann, Lucia Martinovic, Nastassia Sysoyeva

„Stations“: Julia Kühn

The winning designs can be seen in the glass foyer of Lörrach Town Hall until 28 February.

Next Thursday Prof. Oliver Tessmann will present the research of the Digital Design Department at the Städelschule.

23. Januar 2020

Städelschule Aula

Tactile Robotic Assembly

Assembly of multi-material, modular Constructions through learning robots and tactile sensors

We are delighted to announce the start of our interdisciplinary research project "Tactile Robotic Assembly – Assembly of multi-material, modular Constructions through learning robots and tactile sensors.“ in 2020. In the project we explore together with the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group (ISA) headed by Prof. Jan Peters (Department of Computer Science) novel modular constructions and their assembly strategies through autonomous robots. New vision-based tactile sensing migrate the advances in computer vision into the field of tactile feedback. Robots will be enabled to identify material and surface properties of building elements and learn how to assemble them.

Collaborators: Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group (ISA) Prof. Jan Peters (Department of Computer Science) and the Digital Design Unit (DDU) Prof. Dr.-Ing Oliver Tessmann (Department of Architecture)

The Project is founded through FiF: Förderinitiative interdisziplinäre Forschung der Technischen Universität Darmstadt.

Read more here::

DDU Talk: Samuel Leder, Architecture-specific Distributed Robotic Systems

Report in the Jüdische Allgemeine

The Jüdische Allgemeine publishes a report on the digitally reconstructed destroyed German synagogues:

Sichten – Pecha Kucha

Samim Mehdizadeh, research associate and PhD student of Digital Design Unit, gives a lecture about his research topic “ROTOFORM” at Sichten 23 Darmstadt.

The event is organized by the Sichten-Team TU Darmstadt in cooperation with Deutsches Architektur Museum Frankfurt.

Which House Would Suit Me?

FloorPlanMatch, a start-up idea from the Faculty of Architecture at the TU Darmstadt, receives the Hessen Ideen scholarship from the state of Hessen.

Anyone who ever tried to find the right prefab house knows the problem. The options are countless and it's difficult to judge whether the house's layout corresponds to your own wishes. The startup FloorPlanMatch aims to solve this problem. Similar to online dating, the app intuitively queries the individual preferences of the future homeowners and then searches among the prefabricated house designs available on the market for the right house, taking the preferences and the building plot into account. In this way, the software eliminates the need to review thousands of pages of product catalogues and prevents the much more expensive individual planning.

Last week, the two co-founders of FloorPlanMatch, Anton Savov and Roger Winkler, received one of ten “Hessen Ideen” scholarships from the state of Hessen for this idea. Anton Savov is a PhD student at the Department of Architecture at the TU Darmstadt. Inspired by computer games, he develops algorithms that enable everyone to design and understand houses. Roger Winkler, a student at the Department of Architecture, is currently developing a web-based configurator for apartment buildings as part of his master's thesis. Together they will develop their idea further and approach prefab house manufacturers for possible cooperations. The development of FloorPlanMatch is supervised by Prof. Dr. Oliver Tessmann, Head of the Digital Design Unit (DDU), at the Department of Architecture at the TU Darmstadt.

The ”Hessen Ideen” scholarship is a 6-month programme for university researchers or graduates who are in the early phase of developing an innovative, research-based business idea.

The award ceremony took place last Thursday, 21.11.2019, at the Museum of Communication in Frankfurt/Main.

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Rotocolumn – open PhD Position

In the Faculty of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt, the position for a

Research Associate (PhD Student) – 66 %

is open at the Department of Digital Design Unit (DDU) as of 01.02.2020 to be employed for a fixed term of 3 years.

The position includes research and teaching within the Digital Design Unit and participation in the “RotoColumn” research project.

In the “RotoColumn" project, a new manufacturing process for geometrically complex concrete columns is to be developed.

A gentle rotation of the concrete results in hollow body shapes with high-quality concrete surfaces. The reduced amount of concrete required for the production of the hollow bodies reduces the hydrostatic pressure and thus enables the use of light, prestressed membranes as innovative and material-saving formwork.

Application Deadline: December 4, 2019

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DDU Talks: Dipl.-Ing. Christian Hickel, 3D-Scannen für das Gebäudeaufmaß

LOEWE project “Architectures of Order Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge”

PostDoc position at DDU

The advertised position is part of the LOEWE project “Architectures of Order: Practices and Discourses between Design and Knowledge”. The four-year research focus is supported by the Hessische Landesoffensive zur Entwicklung wissenschaftlichökonomischer Exzellenz (LOEWE) (Hessian State Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence), with the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History participating as partners.

“Architekturen des Ordnens” refers to the importance of order techniques in architectural practices and focuses on the relevance of architectural thought in social discourses. The project takes this context into account by understanding architecture as a cultural ordering practice that operates at the interfaces of control, knowledge, design and subjectivation. It asks, first, about the creation of order through architecture, second, about the significance of architecture for non-architectural order narratives, and third, about the interaction of both spheres. The project bundles competences in architectural history, history, cultural and media studies, sociology and design theory and integrates architectural design and media practice.

In the subproject “Architectures of Algorithmic Order” of the LOEWE project headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Tessmann, the following position is to be filled as of 01.01.2020:

PostDoc „Architectures of Algorithmic Order“

Application deadline: November 10, 2019

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Development of individual rotomoulded concrete columns with a high aesthetic standard

We are pleased to announce the start of the new research project RotoColumn.

The project aims to develop a new manufacturing process for geometrically complex concrete columns. A gentle rotation of the concrete results in hollow body shapes with high-quality concrete surfaces. The reduced amount of concrete required for the production of the hollow bodies reduces the hydrostatic pressure and thus enables the use of light, prestressed membranes as innovative and material-saving formwork.

The project is being carried out by the Digital Design Unit (DDU) Prof. Dr.-Ing Oliver Tessmann at the Department of Architecture and the Institute of Statics and Construction (ISMD) Prof.-Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the TU Darmstadt in cooperation with spannverbund GmbH.

The project is funded by the Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (ZIM) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

LECTURE: Matteo Pacher, Robotic Assemblies – Methods and Matter

WORKSHOP – Prototypes: Discrete Architectural Building Blocks

DDU team member Andrea Rossi will be co-teaching a Workshop at dMa Hannover – Prof. Mirco Becker. The workshop will focus on DisCo, a platform developed at dMa to bring Wasp discrete geometries into virtual reality.




MITTWOCH , 05.06.2019 17:00


DDU invites to two lectures by computer science students who have developed software prototypes for our research agenda on “Playful Design”. The first project focuses on the use of augmented reality as a medium for communication between architects and clients.

The second project is a game prototype for creating floor plans for detached houses.

The two lectures provide insights into the advantages and disadvantages of developing software prototypes for research-specific experiments with computer science students as part of the Bachelor's internship in the Department 20.

STUDENT TALK Roger Winkler


Repetitive Tilesets in Architecture


TUESDAY, 21.05.2019 18:00


Roger Winkler currently attends the architecture master program at Technical University Darmstadt. He is the developer of the interactive modeling tool REPTILE, which was developed during a Studienprojekt in the winter term 2018 / 2019.

The talk will be held in English.

DDU Talks: Dr. Matthias Rippmann, FORM AND STRUCTURE Rethinking Architectural Production through Computation

DDU Talks: Björn Asmussen, Club-Island-Ship – How one thing let to another

Tuesday 15.01.2019, 6 pm, DDU

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:

DDU Talks: Annie Locke Scherer, Concrete Form(ing)Work

formnext – BE-AM Built Environment AM

Join DDU at Formnext this Wednesday. Ulrich Knaack from ISM+D TU Darmstadt and Oliver Tessmann will lecture on AM in architecture and construction.…/BE-AM_Built_Environment_A…/index.htm

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.

eCAADe 2018

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.

Digital Concrete

On Monday, September 10. DDU member Samim Mehdizadeh presented our research on rotoforming concrete at the 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 ( 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:

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

Heinz-Stillger-Award 2017

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”

Friday, 01.12.2017

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.…/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.

EVA London

„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 (, 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

AAM Exhibition

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

New Publication

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

Augmented Reality

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:

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:

RobArch 2016

The Digital Design Unit (DDU) is at RobArch2016 in Sydney from 15 to 19 March 2016 —

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 —

Eric Schrijver – Building With Air And Light

Eric will give an insight of the making on these wonderful structures.

The event is organised in collaboration with the BuckyLab ( whose founder – #MarcelBilow – is currently guest professor in the DDU.

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

The Digital Design Unit (DDU) has a new logo.
The Digital Design Unit (DDU) has a new logo.

200 Models

Exhibition opening, Friday, 7 August, 2pm

200 Models

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.


Ala Hosseinizad

Sebastian Seibert

Philipp Vehrenberg

Louisa Wenkemann

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.