A Bridge Too Far takes point of departure in the process of robotic incremental sheet metal forming.
Inflated Restraint investigates how computational techniques of clustering and graph traversal can be applied in the context of cable stiffened pneumatic structures to produce new forms of expression.
Lace Wall explores hybrid structures that combine elements in tension and compression. Here two elements of low stiffness – the fibre-glass beam and the cable network – are combined to create one whole of high stiffness.
Architectural and Engineering Communities are interested in the detection of differences between different representations of the same building. These can be the differences between the design and the as-built-state of a building, or the detection of changes that occur over time and that are documented by consecutive 3D scans.
The Elephetus prototype explores generative modelling of topological complex surfaces using isosurfacing, form-finding of bending-active shell using dynamic relaxation, remeshing routines, and mesh segmentation into developable strips using weighted face-graphs with iterative meshwalking algorithms.
The computational design approach uses a data tree structure to allow different computational operations – including shape discretization, planarization, structural analysis, generation of rigidisation patterns, calculation of material properties, and optimization, to occur on the scale that is best suited or most efficient.
‘Hybrid Tower’ is an integrated hybrid structure – made from only two components: Bend GFRP rods and custom-made CNC knit. The unique combination of these two materials creates a very light and yet stiff structure, which balances wind and other external forces through an interdependent combination of compression and tension elements.

CITA - Centre for Information Technology and Architecture

CITA is an innovative research environment exploring the intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA investigates how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice.

CITA examines how architecture is influenced by new digital design- and production tools as well as the digital practices that are informing our societies culturally, socially and technologically. Using design and practice based research methods, CITA works through the conceptualisation, design and realisation of working prototypes. CITA is highly collaborative with both industry and practice creating new collaborations with interdisciplinary partners from the fields of computer graphics, human computer interaction, robotics, artificial intelligence as well as the practice based fields of furniture design, fashion and textiles, industrial design, film, dance and interactive arts.


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