Out now : Special issue: Complex Modelling – International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC)

We are happy to announce, that IJAC, the International Journal of Architectural Computing, has just published the special issue on “Complex Modelling” edited by CITA!

In their framing editorial Martin Tamke and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen write:

The special issue examines the future of the digital design model. It assembles five papers that examine the underlying infrastructure of advanced computational models, asking what methods need to be developed to be able to operate in an information rich design environment.

The aim of this special issue IJAC is to present different perspectives into the configuration of a new digital design practice. By bringing together cases exploring integrated analysis, form finding, multi scale modelling, sensing and machine learning, we ask:
– What is the nature of the information rich model?
– What methods can effectively be employed to intelligently parse information and inform design?
– How can architecture expand its understanding of the model moving from the tradition of the singularity of geometric representation to the inherent plurality of the network information model?

We wish to thank the authors from research and architectural practice for their excellent contributions:


Complex Modelling (editorial – Open Access)

Martin Tamke, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

Shaping hybrids – Form finding of new material systems

Christoph Gengnagel, Riccardo La Magna, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke 2018-06-27 12_00_36-Shaping hybrids – Form finding of new material systems -M

Multiscale modeling frameworks for architecture: Designing the unseen and invisible with phase change materials

Billie Faircloth, Ryan Welch, Martin Tamke, Paul Nicholas, Phil Ayres, Yulia Sinke, Brandon Cuffy, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen 2018-06-27 11_55_54-PCM-KT_CITA.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Machine learning for architectural design: Practices and infrastructure

Martin Tamke, Paul Nicholas, Mateusz Zwierzycki 2

Biomorpher: Interactive evolution for parametric design

John Harding, Cecilie Brandt-Olsen 2018-06-27 11_55_04-JohnHarding-Biomorpher.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Augmented space planning: Using procedural generation to automate desk layouts ( Open Access)

Carl Anderson, Carlo Bailey, Andrew Heumann, Daniel Davis 2018-06-27 11_52_11-SpacePlanning_system_appendPDF_proof_hi-rev1.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Some of the articles in the issue are Open acess.

The special issue is edited by CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture, KADK) and several of the projects presented here have been undertaken in CITA or through collaboration with CITA. In CITA, the enquiry into how these modelling paradigms are changing have shaped the last five years of research. Currently this is framed by the research project Complex Modelling, a framing project supported by the Danish Sapere Aude Advanced Research Programme and the Velux Guest Professorship programme supporting the collaboration with Billie Faircloth and her research group at Kieran Timberlake.

The images of the cover are from the work entitled ‘Angiogenesis as a model for the generation of load-bearing networks’ by Christoph Klemmt (Orproject, London) and Klaus Bollinger (Bollinger and Grohmann, Germany), that is featured in the IJAC 2017: Special ACADIA edited issue by Martin Tamke, Mine Özkar, Bige Tunçer, Nataly Gattegno, Brady Peters