Launch of new pioneering research network for innovative building design practice

Date
04.02.2015
Category
Cooperation and business

European consortium of six premier research institutions and 14 leading industry partners to create an interdisciplinary network of 15 PhD positions on innovative building design practice under the Horizon 2020 programme. 

The pioneering network ‘InnoChain’ has recently received a EUR 4 million grant from EU’s Research Programme ‘Horizon 2020’. It will investigate the extended digital chain as a fertile opportunity for design innovation and will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and material fabrication. 

The network will include 15 new doctoral projects within the fields of architecture and engineering. These will be advertised on the InnoChain website: http://innochain.net

“The purpose of the project is to expand, synthesise and consolidate knowledge into computation-informed building design practice across academia and practice. InnoChain has a strong inter-sector focus and connects emerging and established research environments in academia and professional practice from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication.”
Project Lead Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
Professor at KADK

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.

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CITA - Centre of IT and Architecture
CITA - Centre of IT and Architecture
CITA - Centre of IT and Architecture
Mette Ramsgaard - CITA



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.

Partners

Academic Partners and Industrial Partneres:

Innochain partners