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207.025 materials and algorithms
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, SE, 3.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to plan the use of new materials in modern architecture based on their properties and areas of application. Furthermore, the students know the basics for parametric and algorithmic design processes and the optimzation of form.

Subject of course

Spiders build webs and span large areas with them. Beavers create huge dams and ants can form bridges with their own bodies to cross rivers. Bionics transfers natural models from plants and animals to technology. Organic forms can also be generated with Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, etc, but they do not yet meet static requirements.

The task in this course is to find organic models to transfer to the building structure. The forms are to be examined not only formally, but also on material and construction level. The software Phenotype is offered for this purpose, which offers a simple and fast access to form finding and has numerous optimization possibilities.

The goal is to find out which construction tasks we can solve more elegantly in the future.


Alternatively, students can work on their own project such as a thesis or a design project.

In the seminar the form finding will be done with the software "Phenotype" by Christoph Müller.

Teaching methods

Today, a wide range of digital tools enrich our repertoire as planners and designers. The aim of the course is to teach, explore and further develop contemporary form-finding processes using parametric and algorithmic tools, as well as physical material experiments. How can we develop constructions out of material today? How do material properties alter the resulting forms? How can we observe, understand, comprehend and ultimately use the interaction between material and form?
Contents are: Basics (static and building physics), load-bearing building materials, failure modes, furthermore: Blender3d, evolutionary optimization with the software "Phaenotyp" by Christoph Müller.

Lecturers are Karl Deix and Christoph Müller (expert consultant for the creation of 3D models).

Mode of examination


Additional information



Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Wed10:00 - 14:0018.10.2023 - 24.01.2024Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
materials and algorithms - Single appointments
Wed18.10.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed25.10.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed08.11.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed22.11.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed29.11.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed06.12.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed13.12.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed20.12.202310:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed10.01.202410:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed17.01.202410:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation
Wed24.01.202410:00 - 14:00Seminar room 1 Vorlesung_Korrektur-Präsentation

Examination modalities

Creation of a 3D model in Blender3d. submission of the results in the form of a project paper and final presentation.


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.08.2023 12:00 29.11.2023 12:00 29.11.2023 12:00



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge




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