May 5, 2022

Network Meeting 05/13/2022 – Automated Architectural Design and Robotic Timber Construction Manufacturing

Automated Architectural Design and Robotic Timber Construction Manufacturing

Network Meeting 05/13/2022, 2 – 4 p.m., online

In the fourth network meeting, Katrin Jonas, reports on TESSA- a software-based design system that can be used to design complex architectural surfaces. At the core of the software, families of arbitrary mosaic-like individual parts are generated. For example, families of individual rectangles or triangles can generate closed surfaces using a growth model. The shape, curvature and size of the individual parts determine how well the global initial geometry matches or is abstracted from the generated shape.

Hans-Jakob Wagner's presentation focuses on robotic manufacturing. Although timber construction has been demonstrating the advantages of machine prefabrication for decades, modern multi-story timber construction must struggle to keep up with the architectural and geometric possibilities of concrete construction while meeting ecological and economic challenges. Can early digital integration of fabrication and joining requirements for structural components be a key to more efficient timber building systems?

The subsequent discussion will consider what possibilities TESSA's approaches hold for modular, on the one hand, and variable space developments, on the other, and what influence this can have on robotically manufactured timber construction.

Dr. Katrin Jonas is founder of Tessalogic and develops the Building Systems division at Gropyus Technologies. Hans-Jakob Wagner is a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC at the University of Stuttgart. 



14:00 h: Begrüßung und Rückblick auf das Netzwerktreffen am Januar (Deutsch / Englisch)

14:15 h: TESSA - Designing with families of parts (Englisch)

Dr. Katrin Jonas, Tessalogic und Gropyus Technologies

14:45 h: Projektbezogener robotischer Holzbau (Deutsch)

Hans-Jakob Wagner, Doctoral Researcher at IntCDC / ICD

15:15 h: Discussion (Deutsch / Englisch)

16:00 h: End of Event

Automated Architectural Design and Robotic Timber Construction Manufacturing

TESSA – Designing with families of parts, Katrin Jonas, Gropyus Technologies

Robotic Manufacturing and Timber Construction

TIMBER CONSTRUCTION 4.0, research project, Hans-Jakob Wagner, research associate at the Cluster of Excellence IntCDC at the University of Stuttgart.

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.