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Conference Theme

Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age
… From smart to behavioral
… From digital to material


Humans and technology today form an inseparable link that have profound implications for Earth’s ecosystems – leading to the debate for a new era: the Anthropologic. In recent years, the transition from analog to digital architecture has materialized through increasing availability of novel software and new methods in digital architecture fabrication – tooling. The cognitive and digital turn implies ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and material intelligence, but to mention a few. The resulting design strategies overwhelm our discipline of architecture, encouraging a re-thinking of architecture, the architect’s role and responsibility, as well as architectural education. The development of digital technologies is compounding the need to develop ethics for this new technological state – shifting computer architecture from its focus on technology to a focus on humans.

The theme “Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age … from smart to behavioral … from digital to material”, critically questions the idea of the digital as purely technical interface, but encourages the extension of the digital towards, or rather back, to the material world. During the conference we are aiming at reflecting architecture in its transformation – in light of the Anthropocene stipulating data-based strategies for lean automated processes for architecture production and design through big data. eCAADe2020also focuses on technical solutions fostering ethical feedback into architectonic culture, an evolution of the human-machine interface, ubiquitous computing and machine learning.

Tracks | not limited to:

  1. Design and computation of urban and local systems – XS to XL

  2. Digital perception of Space – Cyber–physical Systems (VR, AR) – design strategies

  3. Health and materials in architecture and cities

  4. Education and digital theory – ethics, cybernetics, feedback, theory

  5. Making through code – built by data and the architectural illustration

  6. Robotic tectonics, automation and interaction

  7. The cognitive city (AI)

  8. Culture / Shift through ubiquitous computing / scripting and lingua franca

  9. BioData / BioTectonics for architectural design

  10. Cognizant Architecture – what if buildings could think

call for abstracts *closed*

download the call for abstracts/papers here.

Workshops | Exhibition

Workshop themes hover around the general theme of the conference. We are looking for a variety of workshops researching and testing the convergence between material and cognition, between the craft of code, form and performance. Invited are interdisciplinary teams and workshop leaders who understand the subject of digital craft and fabrication as accelerator for a cultural and architectural shift. We particularly welcome workshop proposals from the architectural open source community. In specificity to the conference subject we do encourage workshops that do not limit their research to a specific laboratory situation in one university, but understand an urban environment, e.g. Berlin as their testing ground. The issue of data may want to be regarded as relevant material for producing architecture. Workshops and exhibition will take place in the Institute of Architecture at Technical University Berlin.

The exhibition will feature workshop outcomes – plastic and experimental computational artifacts – a call for workshops and exhibition contribution will be launched in due course.

Keynote speakers


Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Chalmers University
Gothenburg, Sweden

Chris joined Ted Happold’s group at Arup in 1972 where he worked on Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshell in Mannheim. His research interests hinge on the relationship between geometry and structural action as applied to towers, bridges and tension and shell structures. His work in the generation of structural form through biological and other analogies has led to collaboration on projects including the British Museum Great Court Roof, the Savill Building, the Gardens by the Bay glasshouses and the Netherlands Maritime Museum. His work on these projects involved writing project specific software for geometry definition and structural analysis.​


Digital Architecture and Planning
Institute of Architectural Sciences
Vienna University of Technology,Austria

Michael Ulrich Hensel is a German architect, researcher, educator and writer. His main areas of interest are “performance-oriented Design” and “Performance-oriented Architecture”. Hensel has been a key proponent of interdisciplinary research by design in architecture since the mid-1990s, founding and current chairman of OCEAN Design Research Association and SEA – Sustainable Environment Association. He is a prolific writer whose work has been published world-wide.
Since 2018 he is professor at TU Wien Vienna University of Technology where he heads the department for digital architecture and planning and where he serves as a board member of GCD the Center for Geometry and Computational Design.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn.
Aachen, Germany

Sigrid Brell-Cokcan is the founder and director of the new Chair of Individualized Production at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded the Association for Robots in Architecture in 2010 together with Johannes Braumann. IP focusses on the use of innovative machinery in material and building production. In order to create an environment that allows the efficient, individualized production of lot size one, new and user friendly methods for man machine interaction are developed. The Chair of IP employs researchers from different fields of robotics and building production to streamline the necessary digital workflow from the initial design to the production process; shaping the construction site of the future via intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.
She holds a Doctorate in technical sciences from TU Vienna (2014), a Master in Architecture (1998) from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (honoured with Carl Appel Prize), is a member of the Austrian Chamber of Architects and has completed international studies in architecture at University of Sydney (1994).


Experimental Architecture
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her work explores how our buildings can incorporate some of the properties of living systems to become 'living architectures'. She was coordinator for the FET Open Living Architecture project (April 2016 – June 2019) and coordinates the EU Innovation Fund ALICE project. She is a Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (April – May 2016) and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. She is also a Member of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment at Newcastle University and Director and founder of the Experimental Architecture Group (EAG) whose work has been published and exhibited internationally.


Director at ONL
Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Professor Kas Oosterhuis is both a visionary and a practicing designer, leading the innovation studio ONL and the Hyperbody research group at the TU Delft. Environments at all scales – from furniture to buildings to cities - are considered complex adaptive systems, both in terms of their complex geometry and their behavior in time. The main focus of the current research is on parametric design and robotic building in all phases of the design to production and the design to operation process. Projects like the A2 COCKPIT building in Utrecht, the BÁLNA mixed use cultural center in Budapest, the LIWA tower in Abu Dhabi and the individually customizable BODY CHAIR are living proof of Oosterhuis' lean design to production approach, in terms of precision, assembly time, sustainability, costs, and above all by his design signature Oosterhuis’ built projects are characterized by a strong integration of structure, skin and ornamentation.


Dipl.-Ing. Arch. M.Arch. BDA
Founding Partner, CEO at Graft

Lars Krückeberg studied architecture at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, and the German Institute for History of Art, Firenze, Italy. He graduated as Dipl.-Ing. Arch. in Braunschweig and received his Master of Architecture at the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture SCI Arc, Los Angeles, USA. After visiting professorships at HafenCity University in Hamburg and the RWTH Aachen, Lars Krückeberg has been a visiting professor at the TU Delft in 2017/18. In 1998 Lars Krückeberg established GRAFT in Los Angeles together with Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. With further offices in Berlin and Beijing, GRAFT has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects. GRAFT has won numerous national and international awards and earned international reputation throughout its existence.Since 2015 GRAFT offers sustainable housing systems in modular design in order to quickly construct accommodations for refugees. The company called Heimat2 was founded together with three other companies working in project development and communication.


Founding member at 3deluxe

Dieter Brell is a founding member of the interdisciplinary design office 3deluxe, which is among the most cutting-edge representatives of the German design avantgarde. For more than 15 years the Wiesbaden agency, which has offshoots in Miami, Dubai and Bangkok, has been breaking new ground in architecture, interior design and corporate design. Its seemingly organic design language, complex multimedia installations, and iconic buildings have proven to be stylistically very influential even at the international level. As creative director, Dieter Brell is responsible for numerous renowned projects worldwide such as the D’fly store in New York, the architecture of the Leonardo Glass Cube, the Cocoon Club for techno icon Sven Väth, the Butterfly Pavilion in Dubai, award-winning restaurant designs for Michelin-starred chef Mario Lohninger, the V-Plaza urban development project in Lithuania, to name but a few. The visionary expertise of Dieter Brell and his design team has recently been in demand among cruise and super-yacht companies too; thus Brell, who originally qualified as an interior designer, has added yet another string of design expertise to his bow.

Important Dates

15.01.2020 *** CLOSED *** Submission of short abstract –> 300-350 words + references, no images
15.02.2020 *** FEEDBACK SENT***  abstract accept or reject
17.02.2020 Submission for full papers opens
01.04.2020 Submission deadline of full papers
tba Submission deadline for workshop proposals
15.05.2020 Feedback – full paper accept or reject
tba Feedback – workshop proposals accept or reject
15.06.2020 Early bird registration closes
15.06.2020 Camera-ready upload
Workshops + PhD Workshops



submission of full papers open now

Submission only possible if abstract was accepted

submission of camera-ready papers opens end of May




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Liss C. Werner

Assist. Professor
computational architecture & cybernetics

Institute of Architecture
Technical University of Berlin

Dietmar Köring

Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Köring

Students and Research Support Team
Louna Al Bondakji
Valmir Kastrati
Theresa Lohse
Suryaveer Patnaik
Pawel Unger
Anne-Liese Lammich


Host and Venue

Liss C. Werner
Technische Universität Berlin
Fak VI, Institut für Architektur
FG Städtebau und Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
Straße des 17. Juni 152
DE-10623 Berlin