Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, }ADD{

ADD explores the full potential of today's emerging digital and material technologies to foster the design, education, production and business practices of the future.


BACKGROUND

Digital design, robotic fabrication and material technologies are contributing to a paradigm shift in the physical world of our built environment. They enable a shift from serial reproduction to serial permutation, from copies to iterations, and digital technologies are increasingly introducing variance, mutation and flexibility into industrial mass production.

Aalto University is a future-oriented multi-disciplinary institution intent on exploring the potential of new technologies and methodologies in and across the fields of architecture, art, design, economics and engineering. Aalto was established in 2010 by merging The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki with the bold ambition to redefine the role and function of modern universities.

ADD expands the possibilities of the Aalto university's existing programs. It can prototype new organizational and operational models as well as new physical and digital environments for learning and research.


ADD’s operations have been divided into three main categories presented below. These are also the three main categories this website is divided in.

DESIGN RESEARCH

The Design Research program tests the possibilities of digital technology in practice. Research and development work is executed in collaboration with different industries as well as research facilities within the Aalto University.

DISCOURSE

The Discourse program stimulates critical thinking and inspires new ideas through events, publications, presentations and lectures, while connecting people as a community around ADD.

EDUCATION

The Education program focuses on tools, techniques and training in digital design and manufacturing technologies. Cultivating the students' cutting-edge skills gives them the necessary means to pursue trailblazing projects within the university and beyond.


ADD IN THE PRESS

Helsingin Sanomat, 2 February 2014
YLE, 19 September 2013
tekniikka&talous, 19 September 2013
Hufvudstadsbladet, September 16 2013
Optio, 16 February 2012
Journal of Toyota Drivers, April 2012
SIRP, Estonian Cultural News Paper, 9 November 2012 Issue
Cityvision Mag, 20 January 2013, Issue 7
Protothon, 21 January 2013
Aalto website news, 24 March 2012
Yle Aamu TV, 17 September 2012. Interview with Antti Ahlava and Kivi Sotamaa.


We appreciate what colleagues and other professionals have been saying about ADD:

“ADD is well positioned as a vital new and world­‐class platform for trans-disciplinary research and education at the forefront of the rapidly developing digital/physical convergence. The work being done by this center will contribute immeasurably to placing Finland at the forefront of vital new developments in digital technology and robotics that are radically transforming the worlds of design and manufacturing.” – PETER TESTA, Architect RA

“ADD is led by an industry recognized team of designers and professionals and has in a very short time become one of the most important venues in the world for discussion and testing of all things related to design and fabrication. ”
–MICHAEL SPEAKS, Dean and Professor, University Of Kentucky College Of Design

“The century ahead of us will introduce many challenges we cannot possibly envision in advance and yet must solve as soon as they arrive. We have no choice but to imagine them, to model them, to prototype our responses. Architectural eduction and research has always had an important role to play in the re-imagination of the world to come, but now, especially because of our shared global precocity, its contribution is critical, not just for its own survival but quite possibly for our planet's. At this juncture of the evolution of the discipline I consider ADD at Aalto University one of the few institutions that has already provided a model for what architecture can be, and must continue to be in the future, and as the future.”
– HERNAN DIAZ ALONSO, Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc

“ADD is a unique and important research platform, curating and empowering the next generation of digital and material technology. As a recent workshop instructor, I found the rigorous integration of advanced technological tooling alongside visionary open platform lectures to be a compelling model for academia in the post digital era of design.”
– ROBBIE ELEAZER, Lead Facade Designer, Asymptote Architecture

“ADD is a unique and important research platform, curating and empowering the next generation of digital and material technology. As a recent workshop instructor, I found the rigorous integration of advanced technological tooling alongside visionary open platform lectures to be a compelling model for academia in the post digital era of design.”
– ROBBIE ELEAZER, Lead Facade Designer, Asymptote Architecture