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.




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

Innochain Network journal #1

This second issue of the Innochain Network Journal was assembled and edited by ITKE and presents the... 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 colloquium – Integrating material performance

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans March 22, 2017. A couple of photos and a short video from... read more


Material Design Course at Fabricate 2017 conference

Material Design Course April 6-9, 2017 The Innochain Material design course will take place in the frame... read more

First Year Colloquium and Research Exhibition „Design Probes“ in Vienna on March 7-8, 2017

The First Year Colloquium is a pinnacle event within the Innochain network, where all ESRs present and... read more

Project Management Course – 9.-11. January 2017

This Project Management Course will address the difficulties of organising and coordinating the every-day-work efficiently. It will... read more