DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1244

2017 - 2024 | Research Projects
German Research Foundation

Adaptive Building Skins and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow


Adaptive Building Skins and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1244 „Adaptive Skins and Structures for Tomorrow’s Built Environment“ at the University of Stuttgart was established in 2017. In November 2020, the German Research Foundation (DFG) granted a four-year extension of the project. In the second funding period, the position of speaker will pass from Prof. Werner Sobek (Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design) to Prof. Oliver Sawodny (Institute for System Dynamics).

The aim of the CRC 1244 is to find answers to the urgent ecological and social questions of our time for the construction industry. The integration of adaptive elements into load-bearing structures, enveloping systems and interior design is considered as an important approach. The CRC 1244 explores the basics, potentials and implications of this approach.

Through the development of novel adaptive concepts for all areas of the built environment, the CRC 1244 stands for a sustainable architecture that takes the responsibility of economical, ecological and sociocultural issues. The basis for defining these goals is the common conviction of all partners that material and energy consumption in the construction process must be extremely reduced in the near future - while at the same time increasing user comfort.

Adaptivity in the built environment requires a fundamental transformation of the architectural design of buildings. Accordingly, the CRC 1244 is concerned about the development of individual structural components as well as their integration into the overall system. Both being equally important. Only through this integral approach can construction meet the challenges of our time.

ICD is involved in the Collaborative Research Center 1244 through subproject A02:
"Integrative design methods and computational design tools for adaptive Structures"

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Institute for Computational Design and Construction

University of Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 11, 70174 Stuttgart

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