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.

Info und registration

Admission: free of charge

Registration: required

Venue: Kurhaus Menzenschwand, Winterhalterweg 1, 79837 St. Blasien

Language: German

Please note: Please bring sturdy shoes and warm clothing for the guided forest walk.

The event has been submitted to the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects for consideration for recognition for continuing education and training.

We will record and publish the event in audio and video for documentation, reporting and evaluation purposes, including on websites and social media. With your registration you agree to this use.

Arrival by car: Free parking is available at the Kurhaus. We recommend that you carpool, as the free parking spaces may not be sufficient.

Arrival by public transport: From Freiburg, take the S1 line to the Aha train station. A bus shuttle can be arranged there if needed. Please indicate your need when registering. We will then get in touch with you.



Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC).
The University of Stuttgart established its new Cluster of Excellence on Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture in 2019. With an initial funding period of seven years, a Cluster of Excellence is the most significant and substantial grant awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). For the very first time, a Cluster of Excellence has been awarded to the field of Architecture. It will contribute to establishing an internationally visible research center.

About Zentrum Holzbau Schwarzwald

About Zentrum Holzbau Schwarzwald

As a center for innovation and knowledge transfer, the ZHS will bundle regional competencies in the fields of timber construction, forestry, architecture, design, interior design and promote the exchange between research and practice. The practice will be brought together with research institutions and universities to advance timber construction and thus make an important contribution to CO2 savings. It is also about the question of what the forest will look like in the future in times of climate change and how it can guarantee the supply of raw materials. Contacts have already been made with universities in forestry, construction planning and architecture. Regional initiatives such as Naturpark Südschwarzwald, the Black Forest Biosphere Reserve, Klimapartner Oberrhein and many others have also been actively involved in the development of the ZHS. The Forest Research Institute Freiburg has helped to develop the project from the very beginning.

A separate non-profit limited liability company (GmbH) was founded to support the project. Shareholders are the companies Baur WohnFaszination, GUTEX, Holzbau Bruno Kaiser, Holzwarth, Lignotrend and Rothmund Leimholz, the Berufsförderungswerk der Südbadischen Bauwirtschaft, the Verein Bauwerk Schwarzwald, the Sparkasse St. Blasien, the city of St. Blasien and the district of Waldshut.

The use of wood has a long tradition in the Black Forest. Some of the most innovative companies in the industry have their headquarters in the Waldshut district. The focus of the ZHS is on children, pupils and students with their teachers, but also on all companies, craftsmen and craftswomen who deal with the subject of wood. Especially they shall benefit from the offers of the ZHS. An extensive range of further training courses will take the knowledge "into the field".

Contact: Stefan Kudermann, Managing Director Zentrum Holzbau Schwarzwald

Exzellenzcluster Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) – Die Zukunft der Architektur und des Bauwesens gestalten durch wirklich integrative computergestützte Planung und Konstruktion.