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.




Paper Award for Elytra Filament Pavilion

The ITKE and ICD have been awarded the Publication Prize of the University of Stuttgart 2017 for... read more

German Design Award 2018

The Elytra Filament Pavilion has received the German Design Award 2018 in the Architecture Category. Innochain researcher... read more

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


Four Feedback Experiments in Industrial Glulam Production

An exploration of different methods of integrating direct material feedback in industrial glulam production at Blumer Lehmann... read more

Acadia 2017, Boston: Paper Presented on the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/2017

Acadia 2017 James (ESR08) and Sam (ESR12) both attended the Acadia 2017 “Disciplines and Disruption” Conference at... read more


Unlike conventional cable-nets that typically use evenly spaced cables laid out in an orthogonal-grid, introducing irregular patterns... read more


Innochain Conference 2018

Innochain announces the international conference Expanding information modelling for a new material age. It will take place in Copenhagen... read more

Second Year Colloquium and Research Exhibition „Prototypes“ in Barcelona on February 12-14, 2018

On February 12-14,2018 the InnoChain Second Year Colloquium and Research Exhibition “Prototypes” will take place at COAC... read more

ACADIA Autodesk 2017 Research Project Award

The Monolithic Earthen Shells project recieves the ACADIA Autodesk 2017 award for Emerging research. Authors: Stephanie Chaltiel... read more