the traditional thinking of design


The InnoChain ETN network is a shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. The network aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with a strong industry focus that can effect real changes in the way we think, design and build our physical environment.


The programme investigates the extended digital chain as a particular opportunity for interdisciplinary design collaboration. Challenging the traditional thinking of design as a linear process of incremental refinement, InnoChain identifies three axes of design innovation potential communication, simulation and materialisation appearing as distributed and interdisciplinary activities across the design chain. Situating feedback between design processes as a key concern for developing holistic and integrated design methods, the network will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and interface with material fabrication.
With a strong inter-sector focus, InnoChain connects “research in practice” with “research in academia”. Assembling 6 internationally recognised academic research environments leading research into computational design in architecture and engineering and 14 innovation pioneering industry partners from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication, the programme will establish a shared training platform for 15 early stage researchers. The network creates a structured training programme focussed on supervision of individual research projects, an inter-sector secondment programme as well as collective research events including workshop-seminars, colloquia, summer school and research courses that provide a unique opportunity for young researchers to obtain new knowledge and skills positioning them between strong innovative research practice and influential industrial impact.




Vacant Innochain PhD Position: Design for Manufacture and Assembly – Apply until 30. July!

20 days to go to apply for the  3 year PhD position at CITA “Design to Manufacture and... read more

Elytra Filament Pavilion – Robotic Filament Winding for Structural Composite Building Systems

Fabricate 2017 Paper on the Elytra Pavilion Innochain ESR James Solly (ESR08), working on the research topic... read more

FlectoFold / Materialisation & Evaluation Process

ESR12- MATERIAL GRADIENT FRP AUTHOR: Saman Saffarian   FlectoFold is an Elastic-Kinetic Material-Gradient facade component. This video... read more


Talking models

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans July 27, 2017. Well, it’s been a long time! In the middle of... read more

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/2017

ESR08 – Virtual Prototyping FRP ESR12 – Material Gradient FRP AUTHORS: James Solly and Saman Saffarian Lightweight,... read more

Innochain Colloquium Presentation – Integrating Building Physics for Performance Control

This is the video from the project’s presentation at the Design Probes Exhibition in Vienna, earlier this... read more


Innochain Winterschool October 2017

Innochain Winterschool –  Drivers of Innovation, hosted and held by HENN, Berlin Date: October 12-13, 2017 Venue: Alexanderstraße... read more

Innochain Mid-Term Review and Workshop Seminar at IAAC in Barcelona

July 3-7, 2017 Last Monday the project has been reviewed by the EU Project Officer Nina Poumpalova,... read more

Workshop Seminar #2 – IAAC Barcelona 4. – 7. July 2017

Communicating, Simulating and Materialising Design July 4-7, 2017 Innochain will have a joint workshop-seminar from July... read more