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EXC 2120 IntCDC, Cluster of Excellence

Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture

The vision of the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) is to harness the full potential of digital technologies in order to rethink design, fabrication and construction based on integration and interdisciplinarity, with the goal of enabling game-changing innovation in the building sector as it can only occur through highly integrative fundamental research in an interdisciplinary, large-scale research undertaking.

The Cluster aims to lay the methodological foundations for a profound rethinking of the design and building process and related building systems by adopting an integrative computational approach based on interdisciplinary research encompassing architecture, structural engineering, building physics, engineering geodesy, manufacturing and system engineering, computer science and robotics, social sciences and humanities. We aim to bundle the internationally recognised competencies in these fields of the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems to accomplish our research mission.

The Cluster of Excellence is home to more than 120 researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Max-Planck-Institute of Intelligent Systems and has been funded by the German Research Foundation DFG since 2019.

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SFB 1244, Collaborative Research Center

Adaptive skins and structures for the built environment of tomorrow

The CRC 1244 is aiming to find answers to the urgent ecological and social questions of our time for the construction industry. Therefore fourteen institutes of the University of Stuttgart are working in close cooperation with extramural institutions and partners on the question of how in view of a growing world population and shrinking resources, more housing with less material can be created in the near future.

The integration of adaptive elements into load-bearing structures, building skins and interior design is considered as an important approach. Therefore the CRC 1244 explores the basics, potentials and implications of adaptivity in the built environment. The novel concepts of adaptivity are applied and tested under real conditions. For this purpose a worldwide unique adaptive high-rise is being constructed on the premises of the University of Stuttgart. Within the next four years this twelve-storey high-rise will explore the novel concepts of adaptivity.

The Collaborative Research Center 1244 with around 50 researchers from the University of Stuttgart, the HafenCity Univeristy Hamburg, the University of the Arts Bremen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics Stuttgart has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2017.

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SFB/TRR 277, Transregional Collaborative Research Center

Additive Manufacturing in Construction. The Challenge of Large Scale

The TRR 277 aims to examine Additive Manufacturing (AM) as a novel digital manufacturing technology for the construction industry in an interdisciplinary, cross-location research project. While additive manufacturing technology is already being used for serial production in other industries, there are still fundamental challenges to be solved when transferring it to the construction industry: First, the transfer of AM technologies to the large scale of construction; second, the necessary material and process diversity, which is determined by the complex functional requirements of a building; and third, the required high degree of individualization and flexibility in construction.

The work programme of TRR 277 is guided by two fundamentally new research approaches:

  • Combinations of materials and processes: As a central topic of the research program, material and process coordination are considered as inseparable units in additive manufacturing.
  • The seamless digitalisation in the building industry: End-to-end digitization is of crucial importance for the successful introduction of additive manufacturing in the construction industry.

The German Research Foundation DFG supports the Transregional Collaborative Research Center with 33 researchers from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Technical University of Munich, the Leibnitz Universität Hannover and the Fraunhofer-Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institutesince 2020.

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SFB/TRR 280, Transregional Collaborative Research Center

Design strategies for material-minimized carbon structures. Foundations for a new way of building

The aim of the SFB/TRR 280 is to create the foundations for building the future. Methods suitable for the design, modelling and construction with new materials require in-depth basic research. Ideas for innovative, material-suitable construction elements made of carbon concrete are provided by botany, mathematics and art, thus by disciplines other than construction.

The development of novel structures is linked to questions of manufacturability, product-related sustainability assessment and further progress of the composite material itself. New and innovative design strategies allow for a completely different design language, reduce resource and energy consumption, while at the same time ensuring high usability, load-bearing safety and durability. The cooperation of TU Dresden and RWTH Aachen University combines excellent competences and will take on an internationally visible pioneering role in the research of material-minimised construction with mineral composites reinforced with carbon fibres.

The German Research Foundation DFG supports the Transregional Collaborative Research Center with 50 researchers from the Technische Universität Dresden, the RWTH Aachen University and the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden since 2020.

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SPP 2187, Priority Programme

Adaptive modularized constructions made in flux

The aim of the priority program is to develop basic scientific methods for the production of partially adaptive modules from high-performance concrete in industrial flow production. The modules should have series character and enable rapid construction. Visual individuality of the composite structure shall be preserved, so that scalable, adaptive and over the life cycle alterable modules and suitable production concepts are sought. Researchers from the fields of structural engineering, mechanical engineering, computation in engineering and mathematics are addressed to contribute to the following three research fields:

  • Design and detailing with a focus on modularization
  • Systems and concepts of production for scalable modules
  • Digital models for the associated processes

The German Research Foundation DFG supports the priority program since 2020. Within 6 years, around 60 researchers from 21 institutes of a total of 8 universities, i.e. 12 research projects and a coordination project, collaborate jointly.

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