ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion: A Case Study of Multi-disciplinary Collaborative Computational Design

  • Moritz Fleischmann
  • Achim Menges


Material has the ability to compute. A material construct can be considered as the equilibrium state of an intricate network of internal and external forces and constraints. In architecture, this understanding is of particular relevance, if the elastic bending behaviour of material is allowed to play an active role in the design and construction process. As form can no longer be merely geometrically defined and described separately from structural behaviour that governs its material gestalt, the role of the designer in the process of computer-aided architectural design based on such form-finding principles changes considerably.

Based on a realized project, the ICD/ITKE Research pavilion, the paper will present insight to alternative computer-based design and information modelling strategies for such material systems: The pavilion was designed, planned and built as a multi-disciplinary project with a strong focus on information modelling and feedback between design, structural simulation and computer-aided manufacturing.


Information Model Building Information Modelling Computational Design Prototype Structure Strip Segment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moritz Fleischmann
    • 1
  • Achim Menges
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for computational Design (ICD)Stuttgart UniversityGermany

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