New Workflows for Digital Timber

  • Tom SvilansEmail author
  • Martin Tamke
  • Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
  • Jonas Runberger
  • Kai Strehlke
  • Martin Antemann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 24)


This chapter describes a research thread at CITA which explores how computation and a challenging of traditional material practice can impact the use of timber in architectural design and fabrication. Several past research projects at CITA have demonstrated the potential for streamlining the design-to-production process using computational tools, and the value of working in concert with the inherent properties of wood. Current research continues this thread through a participation in the Innochain research network ( and collaboration with industrial partners White Arkitekter AB and Blumer-Lehmann AG. Through the embedding of digital tools within established timber design a fabrication processes, new workflows are proposed which could lead to more intelligent design decisions, optimized building components, and new timber morphologies.


Wood design Complex timber structures Parametric design and fabrication strategies Optimization of wood architectures Digital wood workflows 



This project was undertaken at the Centre for IT and Architecture, KADK, in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of the Innochain Early Training Network. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642877.

Special thanks to the industry partners and students of the CITAstudio Masters course.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Svilans
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin Tamke
    • 1
  • Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
    • 1
  • Jonas Runberger
    • 2
  • Kai Strehlke
    • 3
  • Martin Antemann
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for IT and ArchitectureCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.White arkitekter ABStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Blumer-Lehmann AGGossauSwitzerland
  4. 4.Design-to-ProductionErlenbach/ZürichSwitzerland

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