From the 3rd to 7th of July, the EU co-funded program InnoChain organised its mid term reviews and a joint workshop-seminar at IAAC in Barcelona.

On Monday 3rd July the project was reviewed by the EU Project Officer Nina Poumpalova, Sarah-Amalia Aronzohn and Mervi Himanen as external expert. The scope of the meeting was to assess the progression of the project as a whole and to also assess the ESRs’ individual progress.

The training event at IAAC combined hands-on workshop, in which methods and tools were shared, with a contextualising evening seminar with expert presentations.

The three workshops were organised by the three InnoChain scientific work-packages: Communicating Design, Simulation for Design, Materialising Design and headed by three international champions will take place in parallel.


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Communicating design – Design Communication in Shared Virtual Space was led by Damjan Minovski. The workshop dealt with key problems of interdisciplinary collaboration, and it presented tools for shared prototyping and hybrid modelling.

Simulation for Design – Simulation Fundamentals: the Lattice was conducted by Pablo Miranda. This workshop introduced virtual prototyping strategies and presents multiple strategies allowing participants to engage the different phases of design specification, prototyping and fabrication in practice resulting in full scale prototypes.

Materialising Design – Extending the Vocabulary of 3D Printing was carried out by Alexandre Dubor and Raimund Krenmüller. This workshop introduced novel materials for robotically steered fabrication and presented different materials for robotic fabrication and allowed participants to explore how their formal and structural performances interact with the fabrication-based requirements.

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During the week IAAC welcomed several experts to give an Innochain Summer Lecture. Phil Ayres from CITA Centre for Information Technology and Architecture lectured at IAAC Main Hall as a leader of the European project “Flora Robotica”, which explores the links between robots and plants and the potentials of a plant-robot society able to produce architectural artifacts and living spaces.

In addition, Samuel Wilkinson, from the British international studio for architecture and integrated design Foster+Partners, shared his knowledge on “Computational Intelligence in Design” and his professional experience after being involved in other initiatives such as collaborations on 3D concrete and metal printing, autonomous drone mapping and robotic fabrication.

IAAC auditorium also had the opportunity to welcome Sebastian Risi, from the IT University of Copenhagen, to lecture about “Design Through Evolution” as an expert involved in design automationneuroevolution, evolutionary robotics and human computation.