Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)

Biobased Materials and Materials Cycles in Architecture (BioMat) at ITKE


Elytra Filament Pavilion at WAIC, West Bund, Shanghai

The Elytra Filament Pavilion constituted one of the architectural center pieces of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 (WAIC). Located in Shanghai’s prime art district, the West Bund, the pavilion demonstrates how architectural design can unfold from a computational synergy of structural engineering, environmental engineering and production engineering, resulting in unique spatial and aesthetic qualities. The conference is a platform for the world’s most influential AI scientists, entrepreneurs and politicians to engage in high-level dialogues on leading AI technologies and trends in the AI industry.

Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award 2018

The Flexafold – a bio-inspired graded fibre-composite structure with integrated pneumatic actuation won the MATERIALICA Design + Technology Gold Award 2018 in the Category Material. The MATERIALICA award honours outstanding research in the field of material science, engineering and design.

New Cluster of Excellence: Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture

New Cluster of Excellence

We are delighted to announce the success of our Cluster of Excellence proposal on “Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC)” in the final round of the German Excellence Strategy. The aim of the Excellence Strategy is to strengthen Germany’s position as an outstanding place for research in the long term and further improve its international competitiveness. A Cluster of Excellence is the most significant and substantial grant by the German Research Foundation.

The Fibre Facade Prototype

The Fibre Facade Prototype is a new building component demonstrator created for the Innochain Network Exhibition “Practice Futures: Building Design for a New Material Age” which opened on the 31st of August at KADK in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The prototype was developed in collaboration between the ITKE, University of Stuttgart and FibR GmbH as the final product of their Innochain Industry Partnership. It consists of eight unique CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) frames that were fabricated by coreless filament winding and support eight planar polycarbonate panes in unique positions and orientations.

FLEXIBLE FORMS Wood & Biocomposites Research Pavilion

The ceremonial opening of the first pavilion of the BioMat research group at ITKE took place on Wednesday, August 15th next to the Kollegiengebäude II on the Campus Stadtmitte opposite the Katharinenhospital.

Preis der Freunde der Universität Stuttgart 2018

The PhD thesis of Riccardo La Magna on ‘Bending Active Plates’ was awarded the prestigious ‘Preis der Freunde und Förderer der Universität Stuttgart’. The prize is awarded every year to three outstanding dissertations at the entire University of Stuttgart. The work of Riccardo can be downloaded here

Folding Matters. Workshop in Tehran

itke research associate Axel Körner will be part of the folding matters workshop at the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran from August 4 to 17 2018.

The workshop explores the potential of transforming initially flat sheet materials into self-supporting structures of complex and double curved geometries by utilizing principles of curved-line folding.

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BioMat @ Hannover Messe 2018

BioMat research group at ITKE is currently presenting at the Hannover Messe 2018, the worlds biggest fair for industry, investment products, research and innovation, from April 23 to April 27. At a common stand with the University of Stuttgart and the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, new sustainable material developments and outcomes of research and teaching are exhibited.

Shell Structures for the Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn 2019

Innovative pavilion buildings for the Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn 2019
Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) – Prof. Achim Menges
University of Stuttgart – Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart are developing two highly innovative, biologically inspired pavilions for the 2019 Bundesgartenschau in Heilbronn. Both are globally unique, light-weight structures that are fully computationally designed and robotically fabricated. The two pavilions embody and express the strength of innovation typical for the State of Baden-Württemberg, which has been an internationally recognized centre for lightweight constructions, biomimetics, and the development of digital technologies in architecture for several decades. By acting as the main funding body, the state will play a prominent role in the exhibition.