The Materiality of Light Workshop is oragnised by CITA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and TFRC at The university of the Arts london. The workshop is kindly funded by ESF(European Science Foundation)


CITA [Centre for IT and Architecture] is a research centre at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. CITA examines how new information and communication technologies have consequences for architectural practice. Focusing on IT as a tool for design, production and communication, CITA’s research centres on 3 key research areas: Digital Formations, investigating complex modelling as a new design tool for architecture and digital fabrication.; Behaving Architectures, investigating new programmable materials; and smart textiles and Interface Ecologies; investigating real-time modelling, interface design and intelligent programming. 

CITA uses practice based research methods focussed on the conceptualisation, design and realisation of working prototypes and full scale demonstrators. CITA’s work has a strong cross-disciplinary focus which consolidates new collaborations with interdisciplinary partners from the fields of engineering, design, robotics and material science. 


TFRC (Textile Futures Research Centre) is comprised of researchers across Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design (CSM) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (CCW), at the University of the Arts London (UAL). The researchers are engaged on a clearly focused range of textile and design related research that explores the question “How can more sustainable futures be enabled by textiles?” 

Our approach to sustainable design is pursued through strategy, science and technology, and society and wellbeing. Its principal concerns are to improve the textile product’s footprint through design – developing the interface between science and design, and exploring and facilitating technology translation and convergence – in order to improve future textile/material applications. TFRC researchers are also interested in how textile design can facilitate social change, often through using digital and social networking tools. Textiles as a subject leads to diverse interfaces with many other design fields, and this is well reflected in our members’ projects and outputs, covering design applications such as fashion, interior textiles, new materials, future design probes, design for future energy, andfood design, as well as critical texts. 


The European Science Foundation (ESF) is an association of 72 Member Organisations devoted to scientific research in 30 European countries. The Mission of ESF is to provide a common platform for its Member Organisations in order to advance European research and to explore new directions for research at the European level. Through its activities, the ESF serves the needs of the European research community in a global context.

The main objectives of ESF for the years 2006-2010 (extended to 2011 and 2012) as defined by its Strategic Plan are to promote Science Strategy and Science Synergy, paving the way for initiatives across disciplinary and geographic boundaries in the European Research Area (ERA).

The Exploratory Workshops scheme is one of the key instruments of the Science Strategy “pillar”. Each year, ESF supports approximately 50 Exploratory Workshops across all scientific domains. The focus of the scheme is on workshops aiming to explore an emerging and/or innovative field of research or research infrastructure, also of interdisciplinary character. Workshops are expected to open up new directions in research or new domains. It is expected that a workshop shall conclude with plans for follow-up research activities and/or collaborative actions or other specific outputs at international level.

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