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.




Innochain Network journal #1

This second issue of the Innochain Network Journal was assembled and edited by ITKE and presents the... read more

Innochain Network journal #0

This initial issue of the Innochain Network Journal introduces the network, the 14 partners from Industry and... read more

ESR14 – (Dis)assembler for multi directional positioning

AUTHOR: Kasper Ax ESR NUMBER: ESR14 INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer-Lehmann + Designtoproduction INSTITUTE: cita   These animations show... read more


Molds and prototypes

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans February 8, 2017. Quick update to show some photos of molds and... read more

Data management and a workpiece model

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans January 8, 2017. I have been meaning to post about this for... read more

McNeel Global Developer Meeting 2016

On October 11-14, Innochain ESRs Angelos Chronis (ESR 03 – Integrating Building Physics for Performance Control) and... 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

Methodology and Experiment

This Sci Course Methodology and experiment introduces ESRs to established research methodologies with a focus on experimentation... read more