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Experimental Architecture with Computational Design and Digital Fabrication

Summer School of Engineering and Science, 5 ECTS

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 weeks


Digital Fabrication technologies have the disruptive potential to revolutionize the way we conceive and shape our environment. Through the use of novel fabrication techniques designers and engineers are challenged to explore innovative structures that benefit from the capacity to produce performative and sustainable architecture with, up to now, unreached levels of complexity and strategic material organization.

The Summer School will focus on exploring ideas and producing design artifacts as an answer to some fundamental driving questions: what kind of tectonic configurations can be enabled by means of digital fabrication such as additive and robotic manufacturing? How do we realize high-performance architecture with it? How can we build bespoke architecture in a sustainable way?

Adopting a design/make approach, catalyzed through tailored computational techniques, various structural configurations will be investigated. The school outcomes will be contributing to the creation of an atlas of digitally fabricated tectonic prototypes: experimental architectural configurations where material/form/structure are developed in a coherent design approach which takes full advantage of the potential of emergent fabrication techniques.

Teaching and Instruction method

The course is conceived as a highly engaging design to fabrication activity, where students will develop experimental prototypes related to specific design/research topics.

Multiple forms of instruction will be involved e.g. group-based design activities, tutorials and lectures with a final review on the projects development and output with invited guests.

  • Lectures on the role of digital fabrication in experimental construction
  • Guided tutorials on parametric modelling notions related to a specific course project 
  • Introduction and exercises for specific digital fabrication techniques
  • Supervision of group-based design activities
  • Collaborative fabrication of prototypes by students with tutors’ coordination
  • Final review on the projects development and output with invited guests

Required skills

Students with at least two completed academic years in the fields of Architecture, Engineering and Design, interested or curious about digital design and innovative fabrication methods.
Architecture and Design students must submit a short portfolio of projects with the application. The selection of participants will be based partly on the portfolio. For more details look here.


Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees. Tuition vary according to course and your nationality. Read more on official website.

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Application date
Jun 01
Start date
Aug 05



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