Apr 1, 2022

Workshop 4/8/2022 – Tree to Product

Tree to Product – opportunities in the digital timber value

Workshop with IntCDC Guestprofessor Martin Tamke from the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Copenhagen

April 8th 2022 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Uni Stuttgart (K1 / room 09.06)

In this workshop we want to connect protagonists working with aspects of digitisation in the forestry sector of Baden Württemberg and beyond with researchers and design practitioners in the field of computational architecture, who work with the creation and utilisation of timber on material level.

The workshop addresses the shift in understanding of materials in architecture and engineering which takes place due to the climate crisis and the move towards a bio-based economy. Here material can no longer be understood as a readily available off the shelf product, but as a precious resource with impact on local ecological and social level.

Timber is often presented as the solution for the negative impact of our current building practice we observe simultaneously, that up to 70% of the raw material from trees becomes waste in its transformation to building elements; and that a material with very individual, complex and fascinating behaviours is classified into a few standard grades in order to conform our current industrial construction logics. Simultaneously huge efforts are undertaken to digitize sectors in both forestry and building industry.

Together we want to learn and discuss about resource and data flows in the forestry and building sector and how a potential linkage of these could provide an opportunity for designers and fabricators to create or improve products, processes and services in terms of sustainability, accountability, clarity and efficiency.

The invited Speakers will present views from industry and research along the whole Timber Value Chain:



08:00 h           
Arrival and Coffee

08:30 h           
Welcome and Introduction, Martin Tamke, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

08:45 h            
Trees and Timber: The Forest Product Sector and Timber Construction Initiative, Jan Bulmer, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, Baden-Wuerttemberg

09:30 h
Concepts of digitilization: Increasing transparency in forest and wood supply chains, Udo Sauter, FVA Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg

10:00 h            

10:30 h            
Coffe Break

10:45 h            
RawLam: Digital forestry to digital construction, Tom Svilans, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

11:15 h            
Simulating Timber: Computational mechanical modeling of wood and wood-based products , Markus Lukacevic, Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures, TU Vienna

11:45 Uhr        
HygroShape: Material programming with wood, Laura Kiesewetter, Institute for Cpmputational Design and Construction (ICD) / Cluster of Excellence IntCDC, University of Stuttgart

12:15 Uhr

13:00 Uhr        

14:00 Uhr        
End of Event



Our space is limited to 30 places – we therefore kindly ask you to register for the event free of charge via digitize-wood@intcdc.uni-stuttgart.de. Thank you.


About CITA

CITA is a Copenhagen based innovative research environment within the Royal Danish Academy and explores the intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA investigates how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice. CITA examines how architecture is influenced by new digital design- and production tools as well as the digital practices that are informing our societies culturally, socially and technologically. Using design and practice based research methods, CITA works through the conceptualisation, design and realisation of working prototypes. CITA is highly collaborative with both industry and practice creating new collaborations with interdisciplinary partners from the fields of computer graphics, human computer interaction, robotics, artificial intelligence, biology as well as the practice based fields of forestry, furniture design, fashion and textiles and industrial design.

Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) – Shaping the future of architecture and the building industry through truly integrative computational design and construction.