Innochain Conference 2018

Innochain Conference 2018

Innochain announces the international conference Expanding information modelling for a new material age. It will take place in Copenhagen on 8.-9. November 2018 at the Danish Architecture Centre in the new Blox building by OMA. The conference is organised in collaboration with the Danish Bloxhub organisation and aims to create a forum for transdisciplinary and entrepreneur driven research.

The conference asks:

  • What’s at stake when advanced computation and fabrication enters architecture?
  • How can research advance practice?
  • What are models for embedded research?

The conference uses open formats to foster debate and exchange. Key notes from leading industry innovators will shape and guide the discussion.

A central part of the conference is 10 case presentations of innovative projects, that showcase results from new types of collaborations between “research in practice” and “research in academia” through working on buildings, constructions, design and data model. We invited individuals and teams from small young, as well as large and established groups and companies, which will provide new insights and outlooks in terms of advanced information modelling and its application in computation, integration of simulation and design to fabrication processes.



Information modelling challenge the way we think, design and build architecture. By creating a shared digital platform it enables the emergence of a new hybrid practice in which otherwise separate tools and methodologies of design, analysis and fabrication can intersect. Current design practice is invested in the prototyping of these new methodologies. Across the building industry and in research we see a collective push for understanding how this new digital chain can be structured, what are productive exchanges and how a new sense of feedback can lead to smarter design solutions.

What is at stake here is the future of the information model. Expanding simple BIM with more complex requirements to engage and capitalize on analysis, to steer multi objective design spaces and to interface and control fabrication necessitates new kinds of representations that can handle data rich design enquiries, enable collaboration and manage the complex and cyclical nature of feedback.



2 Day conference 8-9 November 2018,  BLOX, Danish Architectural Centre.
1 evening social program with boattour through Copenhagen harbour development and reception in the Innochain exhibition at KADK
1 day Bloxhub pre-conference workshop: 7 November 2018, Bloxhub space.



The registration fee for the conference includes access to the conference at BLOX, catering for the day and the social program of the evening.

Tickets cost until the 26. October:

  • Professionals 1.600DKK incl. VAT (ca. 175€)
  • Students incl. PhD 750DKK incl. VAT (ca. 85€)

Tickets cost after the 26. October:

  • Professionals 1.850DKK incl. VAT (ca. 175€)
  • Students incl. PhD 850DKK incl. VAT (ca. 85€)


*If you buy a ticket with a student price you need to be able to present a proof of student status upon arrival.



We are at the moment reviewing the submitted cases from interdisciplinary teams working with information modelling, computation, new material practices, sustainability and industry-research models. These share an interested in new insights and experience within emerging workflows in the building profession.

The Scientific Commitee will select ten cases to be presented in the frame of the conference. Each presentation will have 20m miuntes followed by 10 minutes of moderated discussion. The conference will take place in a single track. Selected presentations and conference content will subsequently be invited to develop extended papers and content for The Innochain Book entitled “Design Transactions: Expanding information modelling for a new material age” published by UCL press.


April 2018 – announcement of call and conference
14. July – Submission Portal for abstracts opens
19. August 2018 – submission of cases via innochain webportal 
23. August – registration opens
15. September 2018 – notification of selected presenters
7. November 2018 – 1 day Bloxhub pre-conference workshop
8.-9. November 2018 – Conference at BLOX


Rasmus Hjortshoj – BLOX


The Innochain Conference will take place in the new Blox building by OMA, which opened May 2018.

Bryghuspladsen 10
1473 Copenhagen K




If you have questions realted to the conference, please contact the organises via mail.



The InnoChain ETN network is a Marie Curie Horizon 2020 shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. 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.

  • Industry partners: Fosters+Partners, White Architekts, BIG, Henn, ROK, Cloud 9, Buro Happold, Str.ucture, Design To Production, Smith Innovation, Blumer Lehmann, SForm, Mc Neel, Fibre
  • Academic partners: CITA (KADK), ITKE (University of Stuttgart), Bartlett (UCL), IAAC-UPC (Barcelona), IOA (Wienna), KTH (Stockholm)