Experimental Architecture with Computational Design and Digital Fabrication – Summer School Course

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T900016102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (autumn), Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T900016101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 13-12-2018

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Archive

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Course Title

Experimental Architecture with Computational Design and Digital Fabrication – Summer School Course

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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Helle Gad hgad@tek.sdu.dk Institut for Teknologi og Innovation
Martin Haselbach maha@iti.sdu.dk SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Institut for Teknologi


Name Email Department City
Roberto Naboni ron@iti.sdu.dk SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Institut for Teknologi

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Lea Sundsgaard Jensen leje@tek.sdu.dk TEK Studiesekretariat, Det Tekniske Fakultet

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Offered in

Summer school (autumn), Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

Complesion of at least two academic years in the fields of Architecture, Engineering and Design.

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 details please refer to Additional information). 

Recommended prerequisites

Students should be interested in or curious about digital design and innovative fabrication methods.

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • The emerging digital technologies of fabrication, such as Additive Manufacturing (AM), robotics and CNC Machinery, their characteristics, possibilities and limitations
  • The potential enabled by the use of digital fabrication technologies in the context of design and construction
  • Computational tools for design, engineering and fabrication that allow the integration of material, manufacturing, and performance

Learning objectives - Skills

  • Design through visual programming and parametric modelling
  • Use digital tools for early-stage analysis and optimization of material, geometrical and mechanical performance within the design process
  • Manufacture construction systems through digital fabrication processes
  • Fabricate and build full scale prototypes

Learning objectives - Competences

  • Evaluate the possible uses of various digital fabrication techniques in the exploration of new design solutions for architectural systems and structures
  • Involve the use of computational workflows to manage the process from design to fabrication of custom construction systems


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 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.

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Teaching 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:

•    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

Time of classes: 2 weeks in August.

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Examination regulations




Examination is held

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Examination condition:

Participating in class (80 %)

The grade is meant to reflect ideas, involvement, and execution. The evaluation will be based on all the aspects of the course, including: completing successfully tutorials on digital design, participating actively to group and team work, documenting design options with graphic work and physical models, building physical prototypes through digital fabrication, presenting and discussing experimental design proposals.

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    Second examiner: Internal


    7-point grading scale


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    ECTS value


    Additional information

    If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria. If needed, further prioritising will be based on the portfolio, which was submitted with the application. 

    Selection criteria:

    • International applicants (bachelor level, third year or higher)
      • Exchange students (partner universities)
      • Guest students
    • International applicants (master level)
      • Exchange students (partner universities)
      • Guest students
    • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (bachelor level)
    • Applicants from other Danish educational institution (master level)
    • International applicants (PhD level)
      • Exchange students (partner universities)
      • Guest students
    • Applicants not enrolled on an educational institution
    • Other students

    Note: Applicants from engineering or natural sciences will take priority. If remaining places, applicants with another academic background will be assessed according to the same selection criteria.

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