InnoChain Conference 2018: Expanding Information Modelling

InnoChain invites to the international conference Expanding Information Modelling for a New Material AgeIt will take place in Copenhagen on 8th and 9th 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.

Information modelling challenges 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.

The InnoChain conference presents the leading examples of this hybrid design practice. It does this through open formats to foster debate and exchange in different types of presentations, sessions and the keynotes in dialogue:

– Shigeru Ban Architects, Taro Okabe in conversation with Fabian Scheurer, Design to Production
– AKT II, Hanif Kara in conversation with Sam Wilkinson, Foster and Partners
– Philip Yuan, Tongji University in conversation with Areti Markopopolu, IAAC

A central part of the conference are 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 models. Individuals and teams from small, young – as well as large and established – groups and companies 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.

The InnoChain ET 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 (Barcelona), IOA (Vienna), KTH (Stockholm)


8-9 November 2018
BLOX / Danish Architectural Centre
the new Blox building by OMA, which opened May 2018

Bryghuspladsen 10
1473 Copenhagen K
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 2 day conference
 1 evening social program with boat tour through Copenhagen
 Reception in the Innochain exhibition at KADK
 1 day Bloxhub pre-conference workshop: 7 November 2018, Bloxhub space