Keynote Speakers

Martin Tamke

Martin Tamke is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) in Copenhagen. He is pursuing a design led research in the interface and implications of computational design and its materialization. He joined the newly founded research centre CITA in 2006 and shaped its design based research practice. Projects on new design and fabrication for wood and fibre based materials led to a series of research projects and digitally fabricated demonstrators that explore an architectural practice engaged with bespoke materials and behaviour.

Martin initiated and conducted research projects in the emerging field of digital production in building industry and architectural computation. The research connects academic and industrial partners from architecture and engineering, computer and material science and the crafts. Currently he is involved in the EU Framework 7 project DURAARK, the Danish funded four year Complex Modelling research project, and the adapt-r and InnoChain PhD research networks.

Keynote Lecture: Bespoke Materials for Bespoke Textile Architecture (with Raul Fangueiro)

Scientific and technological advancements in the area of fibrous and textile materials have greatly enhanced their application potential in industrial sectors including architecture and engineering. Excellent performance accompanied by light-weight, mechanical flexibility, design flexibility, easy fabrication, relatively lower cost and tailor-ability due to the exclusive use of CNC machinery are the driving forces towards wide applications of highly bespoke textiles.

This digital framework creates a natural link to the field of computational design in engineering and architecture, where the concept of the digital chain, which integrates computational design, simulation and fabrication into, has been a major driver in the field. The extension of these concepts into the realm of textile fabrication opens up a potential to produce textiles highly bespoke to the forces and local areas of application in building structures.

The keynote will discuss the possible areas of application and benefits through a case study of a 9m high tower made from custom CNC made high tenacity knit. This was developed in a collaboration of textile engineers, architects, engineers with background in structural design and simulation and material testing, who came together in the COST action Novel Structural Skins. This is the point of departure to critically reflect the interdisciplinary efforts and processes, that need to be in place, when concepts of bespoke design and digital fabrication shall engage in the realm of textile materials.

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