The book is the official supporting publication of Fabricate, the international triennial conference for those working at the intersection of design, architecture, construction and computation.
This year’s conference took place at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, and touched on new developments in 3D printing, robotic construction, machine learning, automation, and cooperative practices between humans and machines.
Some of the showcased projects include BIG’s 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, MIT’s fur-like 3D-printed Cilllia and the University of Stuttgart’s carbon-fibre Elytra Filament Pavilion, which was built by robots.
“Much has changed since 2011,” said the Fabricate committee. “The projects chosen for Fabricate 2017 were of a significantly larger scale in terms of both size and reach, reflecting ‘Industry 4.0’, the high-tech strategy in which design, engineering and production are leading to a fourth industrial revolution.”
“Both the book and the conference explore the multifaceted cultures of computational design and digital fabrication, which can no longer be generalised as ‘digital architecture’.”
“A number of submissions also look at the blurring boundary between computational design and digital fabrication, which is being questioned by cyber-physical productions systems and challenged by new forms of man-machine collaboration,” they continued.
The book is edited by four prominent professionals in the field of digital fabrication: Bob Sheil, director of the Bartlett School of Architecture; Achim Menges, founding director of the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart; Ruairi Glynn, director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett; and Marilena Skavara, director of digital product studio Codica.
The book is organised into chapters on production, materialisation, additive strategies and construction.
Copies of Fabricate 2017: Rethinking Design and Construction are available to download for free or purchase in hardback for £35 via UCL Press.
Competition closes 16 August 2017. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email, and their names will be published at the top of this page.
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