For applicants from Europe the application process is still open!

For applicants from Europe the application is still open until June 30!

join our students team for the course starting in September 2015

Join our team for the new course, starting September 2015

If you are not depending on a Visa application, you can still register until June 30, 2015. For more information, please visit : facts & applications.

Please use the registration form to sign up. The pre-requisites are also listed there.

Digitally designed formworks for clay constructions

Digitally designed formworks for clay constructions

Filling of clay in the digitally designed formwork

filling the digitally designed formwork with clay

High-Tech strategies for Low-Tech materials – The Module „Material & Construction“ focused on the development of complex geometries for façade modules made from clay. The material is cheap and has a long tradition in building constructions. However, the geometric possibilities are quiet limited. Together with students of the IFDC- International Facade Design and Construction program, we developed innovative freeform solutions, based on computational design.

Reciprocal Structures

Reciprocal Structures

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1:1 mock up – saddle surface based on a reciprocal frame

The elective course on digital woodwork aimed at the development of an innovative construction, based on self-supporting, reciprocal systems.

The reciprocal frame is a roof structure where each beam both supports and is supported by other beams in the roof structure. A minimum of 3 beams is required to create a reciprocal frame roof. As each beam supports the next in a reciprocal manner no internal support structure is required.  Only the outer end of each beam requires support, which will normally be a post used for the wall or the foundation.

Digitale Werkstatt // digital workshop

Digitale Werkstatt // digital workshop

transformation from bits to atoms

transformation from bits to atoms

Projects from the department of Digital Design at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design have been displayed in the temporary gallery space ‘Haus Finke’ in Detmold from 31 March to 16 April 2015.

MCDC in Stuttgart

MCDC in Stuttgart

MCDC at the Mercedes Benz Museum

MCDC at the Mercedes Benz Museum

The MCDC group went for a 3-day trip to the Swabian capital to take a closer look at engineering software, a research institute and the work of a visionary architectural studio. Furthermore, we explored famous architecture of the digital era and the modern movement as well as a controversial project under construction – and of course the city itself.

Technoid Tower

Technoid Tower

Assembly of the workshop results

Assembly of a Technoid Tower, designed by Alexander Fillies

Workshop on digital design and fabrication in Architecture, by Hans Sachs (responsive design studio) and Sebastian Bächer (Bächer & Bergmann GmbH)

Digital manufacturing processes are rather related to the principles of crafts than industrial production as they emphasize the wide range of qualities of the materials used and provide higher flexibility and extensive opportunities during the development and production process. With the use of new, integrative ‚digital design and fabrication tools‘ the boundaries between design development and production become increasingly blurred.

MCDC graduation

MCDC graduation

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Ethan receiving his post-graduate Master certificate

The title Master of Engineering has been granted to the first graduate of our second MCDC generation: Ethan Kerber. The dean of the faculty Prof. Uta Pottgiesser and MCDC program director Prof. Marco Hemmerling handed over the post-graduate Master certificate during this years graduation ceremony on February 6 in Detmold.

BAU 2015 – the future of building

 BAU 2015 – the future of building

The new Parametric façade system by Schüco (Anan Ashour)

The new parametric façade system by Schüco (Anan Ashour)

The IFDC and MCDC students from HS-OWL visited last week one of the world leading Architectural building fairs in Munich (19.-24.01.2015), the fair has recorded 250,000 visitors (72,000 visitors from abroad). In its 17 gigantic halls the fair has covered every single aspect related to architecture and construction starting from the screws, and ending with the latest technologies of this field.

SunSys installation

SunSys installation

Installation SunSys on the Campus Emilie in Detmold

Installation SunSys on the Campus Emilie in Detmold

SUNSYS is a five meters long and two meters high wall, which was implemented as an experimental construction in late October on the campus Emilie in Detmold. It was developed by the application of digital design and manufacturing methods. Planar elements are assembled in a plug-in system and generate a freeform geometry. Variations in the dimension of the individual elements enable different degrees of wall-openings.

Frankfurt revisited

Frankfurt revisited

Visit at the structural engineering office Bollinger+Grohmann

Visiting the office of structural engineers Bollinger+Grohmann

The program of this year’s excursion to Frankfurt comprised diverse topics ranging from digital fabrication to high-rise architecture and structural engineering as well as art and computation.