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Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 6:00pm
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Here East, London U.K.
Note: conference and events originally planned for April 2–4 will be postponed until autumn (new dates to be confirmed).
From computational design to material performance and manipulation to robotic fabrication, Fabricate promotes the full spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within architecture and engineering. Fabricate is a two-day international, peer-reviewed conference with a supporting publication on the theme of digital fabrication, taking place from April 2–4 at UCL Here East, London U.K.
Fabricate 2020 is co-organized by Swinburne University of Technology; Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; and The Bartlett School of Architecture, and is cochaired by Jane Burry (Swinburne) and Jenny E. Sabin (Cornell AAP).
Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, Fabricate brings together pioneers in design and digital fabrication within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology, and computation. Since its inception, Fabricate has welcomed hundreds of delegates to conferences in London (2011), Zurich (2014), and Stuttgart (2017), acting as a global forum for the exploration of the radical new opportunities for design in manufacturing, computation, material science, and assembly.
The call for work for Fabricate 2020 "Making Resilient Architecture," was open for submissions of built or partially built projects by individuals or collaborators in academia, practice, and industry. 220 exceptional submissions from over 37 countries were received, and each in some way examined how the latest digital design and fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, and the many novel techniques being developed to bridge the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization. The submissions were reviewed by a panel of experts and 32 projects are accepted for the Fabricate publication, 20 of which will be presented live at the conference.
Fabricate 2020 "Making Resilient Architecture," will include 20 presentations preceded by four keynote addresses from Julia Barfield (Marks Barfield Architects) and Kai Strehlke (Blumer Lehmann), Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects), Philippe Block (ETH, Switzerland), and J. Meejin Yoon (Cornell University), each of which speaks to a critical and resonant theme:
Synthesizing Design and Production
Optimization for a Changing World
Polemical Performative Practice