Computational Design X Circular Economy


Workshop series



Why a DRIVEN workshop series?

One of the key initiatives of the DRIVEN program is to provide a workshop series for the community. The workshops will provide training as an exploration ground on the four areas of knowledge of DRIVEN: Computational Design, Computational Fabrication, Data Visualization and Machine Learning.
With the workshop series we aim to:


  • Provide beginner training in computational design and digital fabrication to future incubated projects. For that, we crafted two specific beginner workshops.


  • Attract established designers, architects, makers, entrepreneurs that are interested in the topics of the DRIVEN program and are eager to learn more in order to grow a community with a wider sensibility of design within the circular economy.


  • Prototype, test, iterate — the results of the workshops could be the first step to showcase some proof of concepts, create precedents, and fuel further explorations for the incubation.


  • Support incubated projects that could implement circular economy principles in their projects from the initial design phase. We have some very promising applications and we’re looking for more entrepreneurs and designers willing to challenge themselves on such topics.
Rhinoceros and Grasshopper for Beginners
2nd edition
November 9th to 13th, 2020

Introduction to Computational Design

Tutored by Eugenio Bettucchi (Noumena)

Computational design applied to a circular economy and reuse of materials allows us to rethink and rearrange existing elements into new layouts suitable for temporary activities in the urban environment.

Image by Eugenio Bettucchi

Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, CNC Milling for Beginners
2nd edition
November 23rd to 27th, 2020

Introduction to Digital Fabrication

Tutored by Arnaud Delente (Supercube)

Digital Fabrication is rapidly changing our design-to-production approach — enabling designers to generate novel forms adaptive to immediate feedback on how they can be produced and customized in response to material availability.

Registrations are open!

Computational Fabrication x Circular Economy (Advanced)
1st edition
December 7th to 11st, 2020

Computational Fabrication

Tutored by Andrea Graziano (Co-de-iT)

Computational design triggered the mass customization of the production processes integrating into the design phase the opportunity and constraints of production means allowing to take finally full advantage of automation. That’s what we call Computational Fabrication.

Registrations will open soon.

Credits: “Unconventional Toolpath” by Co-de-iT / Andrea Graziano – Image by Andrea Graziano

Parametric Engineering x Circular Economy
1st edition
January 11st to 15th, 2021

Sustainable design with parametric engineering tools

Tutored by Klaas de Rycke, Georgia Margariti, Sandie Fenton, Marie Paschke, Ludovic Regnault (Bollinger+Grohmann)

With focus on timber structures, the workshop will incorporate carbon footprint evaluation and life cycle assessment into a structural design workflow. Comparative and optimization strategies, enabled by the parametric engineering tool Karamba, will be used in order to mediate between purely structural and environmental criteria suggesting a more holistic design process.

Registrations to open soon.

Data Visualization x Circular Economy (Advanced)
1st edition
February 8th to 12th, 2021

Data Visualization

Open position, receiving applications now.

We are still looking for the perfect candidate(s) to run a workshop about how data visualization can be implemented to find radical solutions for circular economy.

If you have a workshop proposal, please get in touch: we will be happy to discuss it with you.

Photo by M. B. M. on Unsplash

Machine Learning x Circular Economy (Advanced)
2nd edition
March 8th to 12th, 2021

Machine Learning for Adaptive Temporary Architecture

Tutored by Mateusz Zwierzycki (Object)

During this workshop the participants will get a chance to learn about machine learning in the design context, with the applications ranging from clustering of elements to space planning applications for generating interior architecture responsive to user needs.

Registrations open soon.

Computational Design x Circular Economy (Advanced)
2nd edition
April 5th to 9th, 2021

Discrete Automation

Tutored by Gilles Retsin (AUAR) & Kevin Saey (AUAR)

In recent years, prefabrication and modularity have made a come-back in architecture, under pressure of an emerging global housing crisis. Discrete Design methods attempt to construct large-scale structures from versatile, pixel-like elements, which are independent from the whole. This discrete capitalises on automation and scalability to ultimately offer a more adaptable and complex forms of architecture.

Registrations open soon.




Starting at

219 € / week

  • Live teaching
  • Reviews
  • Access to the community
  • Special price for incubation
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Our next workshop

Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper – Online

Register for our first beginners workshop.
Online from 9th to 13th of November.
Early birds tickets available until October 25th.