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Fabricate 2014: Negotiating Design and Making

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Edited by Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler and Silke Langenberg | August 2017

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ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑214‑8

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About the book

FABRICATE is an international peer reviewed conference that takes place every three years with a supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication. 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 making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes includes: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities from component to building scales, the difficult gap that exists between digital modelling and its realisation, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts. FABRICATE features cutting-edge built work from both academia and practice, making it a unique event that attracts delegates from all over the world. FABRICATE 2011, 2014 and 2017 are now all available to download free from UCL Press.

About the editors

Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler are architects with multidisciplinary interests ranging from computational design, robotic control and fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, they founded the architecture practice Gramazio & Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised, integrating novel architectural designs into a contemporary building culture. Built work ranges from international exhibitions, private and public buildings to large-scale urban interventions. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich, Gramazio & Kohler’s research has been formative for the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customized use of industrial robots. This ranges from 1:1 prototypical installations to robotic fabrication on a large scale, which is being explored at the SEC Future Cities Laboratory. Fabio and Matthias were awarded the Swiss Art Awards, the Global Holcim Innovation Prize and the Acadia Award for Emerging Digital Practice. Their innovative explorations have contributed to numerous exhibitions around the world, such as the 2008 Architectural Biennial in Venice, the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture in New York 2009 or Flight Assembled Architecture at the FRAC Centre Orléans in 2011. Their work has been published in a large number of journals, books and mass media, and has been first documented in the book Digital Materiality in Architecture in 2008. Their recent research is outlined and theoretically framed in the book The Robotic Touch – How Robots Change Architecture, released in 2014. Together with leading researchers in architecture, material sciences, computation and robotics, they have just launched the first architectural National Centre of Competence in Research on Digital Fabrication.

Silke Langenberg is a senior researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2013 she was based in Singapore several times to research at the Singapore ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. From 2006 to 2011 she was Researcher at the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation of ETH Zurich. Silke has studied architecture at the Universities of Dortmund and Venice. She received a Scholarship for extraordinary achievements for her PhD in Engineering Sciences about Buildings of the Boom Years. Architectural Concepts and Planning Theories of the 60s and 70s (finished 2006). In 2013, Silke was appointed as Full Professor for Design and Construction in Existing Contexts, Conservation and Building Research at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.