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.

The InnoChain conference presents the leading examples of this hybrid design practice. It presents innovative projects from practice and research that highlight strategies and tools for interdisciplinary collaboration, advanced design optimisation and material rethinking.

Projects that:

  • Connect early design thinking with structural and material analysis
  • Devise advanced algorithmic approaches to navigate data rich design
  • Expand material thinking through novel fabrication processes
  • Engage interdisciplinary design innovation

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. Keynotes 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.


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