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The 3rd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2021)

Material Intelligence

Online, June 26, 2021


Hosted by College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University

'Materialist philosophers, it is becoming increasingly clear, cannot afford to ignore the basic fact that the study of matter does matter.'— Manuel DeLanda.

Why Material Intelligence? First of all, we must recognize that there is an increasing emphasis on the intelligent use of materials and on the use of intelligent materials in contemporary architectural culture. One of the primary reasons for this has been the question of material performance. Concerns about structural and environmental performance, in particular, have become paramount. These concerns go beyond mere economic considerations, to become an ethical imperative in a world of diminishing resources and global warming. Secondly, we must also recognize that we can now use intelligent computational techniques, such as artificial intelligence, to make our designs ever more materially intelligent. Thus, while intelligent computational techniques remain immaterial, they can be used to inform the intelligent design of a material building. Material intelligence, then, stands not only for the intelligent use of materials and the use of intelligent materials in the construction of a building, but also for the use of intelligent computational techniques to design the material form of that building.

Daniel Bolojan, Gilles Retsin, Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger, Wolf Prix, Felecia Davis, Ron Rael & Virginia San Fratello


8:30-8:45 Opening Speech

8:45-9:30 Lecture: Daniel Bolojan (Nonstandardstudio/FAU)


Session 01: Computation and Formation 9:45-12:15  (China Time)

Session Chair: Luo Dan (The University of Queensland)

Serlio and Artificial Intelligence: Problematizing the Image-to-Object Workflow

Jean Jaminet, Gabriel Esquivel and Shane Bugni


A Generative Approach to Social Ecologies in Project [symbios]City

Hao Wen, Pengcheng Gu, Yuchao Zhang, Shuai Zou and Patrik Schumacher


Using CycleGAN to achieve the Sketch Recognition Process of Sketch-based Modeling

Yuqian Li and Weiguo Xu


First Exploration on Machine Learning Layout Generation of Chinese Private Garden in Southern Yangtze

Yubo Liu, Chenrong Fang, Zhe Yang, Xuexin Wang, Zhuohong Zhou, Qiaoming Deng and Lingyu Liang


Command2Vec: feature learning of 3D modeling behavior sequence---a case study on spiral-stair

Wen Gao, Xuanming Zhang, Weixin Huang and Shaohang Shi


Exploring in the Latent Space of Design: A Method of Plausible Building Facades Images Generation, Properties Control and Model Explanation Base on StyleGAN2

Shengyu Meng


Punch Card Patterns Designed with GAN

Virginia Melnyk


Bio-tile; an Intelligent Hybrid Infrastructure

Sara Pezeshk


Bio-design Intelligence

Ana Zimbarg


A Study of Bio-computational Design in Terms of Enhancing Water Absorption by Method of Bionics Within the Architectural Fields

Gang Mao



Session 02: Simulation and Optimization 12:15-14:15 (China Time)

Session Chair: Natalie Alima (IAAC/RMIT)

Environmental Data-driven Performance-based Topological Optimisation for Morphology Evolution of Artificial Taihu Stone

Zhuoyuan Feng, Pengcheng Gu, Min Zheng, Xin Yan and Ding Wen Bao


Custom-fit and lightweight optimization design of exoskeletons using parametric conforming lattice

Fuyuan Liu, Min Chen and Lizhe Wang


A POI-Based Machine Learning Method for Predicting Residents’ Health Status

Shicong Cao and Hao Zheng


Research on epidemic prevention and management measures in university based on GIS and ABM -- Taking South China University of Technology (Wushan campus) as an example

Mingxi Chen


Environmentally Driven Aggregate Façade Systems

Pablo Cabrera


Optimization of Daylight and Thermal Performance of Building Façade: A Case Study of Office Buildings in Nanjing

Hainan Yan, Yiting Zhang, Sheng Liu, Ka Ming Cheung and Guohua Ji


Integration of Algorithm-based Optimization into the Design Process of Industrial Buildings: A Case Study

Mirjam Konrad, Dana Saez and Martin Trautz


FROM SEPARATION TO INCORPORATION - A Full-circle Application of Computational Approaches to Performance-based Architectural Design

Yuhan Chen, Youyu Lu, Tianyi Gu, Zhirui Bian, Likai Wang and Ziyu Tong



14:30-15:15 Lecture: Gilles Retsin (UCL Bartlett)


Session 03: Interaction and Perception 15:30-17:15 (China Time)

Session Chair: Martin Tamke (CITA)

4D Soft Material Systems

Giulia Grassi, Bjorn Sparrman, Ingrid Paoletti and Skylar Tibbits


Material Response: Technology, Material Systems & Responsive Design

Marcus Farr and Andrea Macruz


Diversifying Emotional Experience by Layered Interfaces in Affective Interactive Installations

Sijia Gu, Yue Lu, Yuwei Kong, Jiale Huang and Weishun Xu


Measuring Human Perception of Biophilically-Driven Design with Facial Micro-Expressions Analysis and EEG Biosensor

Andrea Macruz, Ernesto Bueno, Gustavo Sol, Jaime Vega, Ricardo Palmieri and Tan Chen Wu


Subjectively Measured Human Perception of Street Quality for Shanghai with Large-Scale Application of Computer Vision

Waishan Qiu, Xiaokai Huang and Wenjing Li


From Visual Behavior to Signage Design: A Wayfinding Experiment with Eye-Tracking in Satellite Terminal of PVG Airport

Chengyu Sun, Shuyang Li, Yinshan Lin and Weilin Hu


A Framework for Cypher-physical Human-robot collaborative Immersive VR Interaction – Beaux Arts Ball 4.0

Risu Na and Haocheng Dai



Session 04: Materialization and Construction 17:30-19:30 (China Time)

Session Chair: Weishun Xu (Zhejiang University)

Towards Self-Shaping Metamaterial Shells: A Computational Design Workflow for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing of Architectural Scale Double-Curved Structures

Eda Özdemir, Laura Kiesewetter, Karen Andrea Antorveza Páez, Tiffany Cheng, Samuel Leder, Dylan Marx Wood and Achim Menges


Additive Manufacture of Cellulose based Bio-Material on Architectural Scale

Yimeng Wei, Areti Markopoulou, Yuanshuang Zhu, Eduardo Chamorro Martin and Nikol Kirova


Imprimer La Lumiere - 3d Printing Bioluminescence For Architectural Materiality

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Aurélie Mosse, Jakob Sieder-Semlitsch, Hanaé Bradshaw, Emil Fabritius Buchwald and Maria Mosshammer


Bio Scaffolds

Natalie Alima, Roland Snooks and Jon McCormack


Di-terial – Matching digital fabrication and natural grown resources for the development of resource efficient structures

Felix Amtsberg, Caitlin Mueller and Felix Raspall


Application of 6-Dof robot Motion planning in fabrication

Hao Wu, Ming Lu, Xinjie Zhou and Philip F. Yuan


Reinventing staircases for thermoplastic additive manufacturing

Mirko Daneluzzo and Michele Daneluzzo


Joint Descriptive Modeling (JDM) for Assembly-Aware Timber Structure Design

Ayoub Lharchi, Mette Thomsen and Martin Tamke


Mass Customization: The Implication on Development of Aluminum Joint

Jiabei Ye and Xiaoxi Guo


Process and evaluation of automated robotic fabrication system for in-situ structure confinement

Bala Murali Kumar B, Yun Chung Hsueh, Zhuoyang Xin and Dan Luo



19:30-20:15 Lecture: Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger (University of Michigan / ARILab)


21:00-21:30 DigitalFUTURES Workshop Opening Ceremony

21:30-22:30 Lecture: Wolf Prix (COOP HIMMELB(L)AU)

22:30-23:00 Lecture: Felecia Davis (Felecia Davis Studio)

23:00-23:30 Lecture: Ron Rael & Virginia San Fratello (Rael San Fratello Studio)


The conference will be hosted on Zoom, and live-streamed on YouTube and Bilibili.


The accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the 2021 DigitalFUTURES—The 3rd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2021) published by Springer. Within the accepted papers, the papers that are closely addressing the conference topics would be possibly included into the book publication containing our specially invited papers from the top scholars in computational design and robotic fabrication around the world.

Proceedings of the 2019 DigitalFUTURES—The 1st International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2019) and Proceedings of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES—The 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020) were successfully published by Spinger.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to digitalfutures@tongji.edu.cn

Conference information: https://easychair.org/cfp/CDRF2021