The Bartlett School of Architecture in London has joined a new research network which will explore how advanced digital design tools can positively challenge future building culture, enabling sustainable and materially smarter design solutions.
It is said to be one of the six European research institutions and 14 leading practices that joined the research network from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
The network named Building Innovation in the Extended Digital Chain (InnoChain), has received a €4m grant from the EU's Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme under Horizon 2020.
InnoChain includes 15 new doctoral projects in the fields of architecture and engineering.
The doctoral researchers will be enrolled at the partner research institutions and the 14 industry partners in the network will offer hands-on experience, exposing them to the applied reality of situated research and development across the digital chain.
Project lead, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen said: "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."
InnoChain will develop new interdisciplinary methods that integrate simulation and material fabrication to investigate the extended digital chain and opportunities for design innovation.
The network will employ a practice-based, industry-focused method and discuss how new bespoke design tools can be created to enable advanced simulation of structure, material and processes.
Image: InnoChain includes 15 new doctoral projects in the fields of architecture and engineering. Photo: courtesy of The Bartlett School of Architecture.