FABRICATE 2024 will be hosted at CITA, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-6 April 2024.


Since its inception, FABRICATE has welcomed thousands of international delegates to conferences over two days in London (2011), Zurich (2014), Stuttgart (2017) and Online (2020) acting as a global forum for the exploration of the radical new opportunities for design in manufacturing, computation, material science and assembly.


From more than 1000 submissions in total, only 32 projects are selected for each conference publication, and 16 for each conference event. The publication series is Open Access and collectively all existing four volumes have been downloaded over 270,000 times from UCL Press. Uniquely, recognising the multiple interconnected challenges facing academia, practice, manufacturing, construction, and industry, only built projects are accepted. FABRICATE is thus a truly diverse and inclusive endeavour, seeking to share results from world leading collaborative teams from across the built environment.

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen & Phil Ayres

The last 12 years of FABRICATE provide a record of incredible critical creativity and community consolidation that reflects and celebrates the pushing of boundaries of fabrication within the built environment. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to frame a contribution to this record through co-chairing FABRICATE 2024 at the Royal Danish Academy.
Our vision for FABRICATE2024 is to address the pressing need to develop new models for architectural production that rethink how resource is deployed, its intensity, its socio-ecological origins and sensitivity to environment. FABRICATE2024 will provide a unique forum for discussing and showcasing radical and creative departures in the design and making of architecture and to reflect upon how, and for whom, we design.

Mette and Phil

Co-Chaired by Professors Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and Phil Ayres of CITA, FABRICATE 2024 will build upon and extend its legacy as a prime place of exchange on the cutting edge of new forms of design and construction and material thinking in architecture, engineering and building.


As core members of the FABRICATE community, Mette and Phil have profiled deep-seated interests in the infrastructures of computational modelling producing novel methods of computing, fabricating and designing architecture for over two decades. With special focus on inter-sector dialogue and knowledge exchange, their aim for FABRICATE 2024 is to question what the future of computational design and fabrication can be. They ask how the pressures for a new sustainable design agenda will challenge the AEC industry. They ask how cutting-edge computational design can inform the emergence of a new sensitivity in which renewable, regenerative and restorative design logics are prioritised, and they aim for particular focus on questions of resource consciousness and bio-based design and fabrication strategies.

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The Carlsberg Foundation is an industrial foundation that supports basic scientific research within the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities conducted by Danish researchers and international researchers connected to Danish research environments. The funds for awards mainly come from the profits of Carlsberg A/S, in which the Carlsberg Foundation has a controlling interest. The Carlsberg Foundation was founded by Brewer J.C. Jacobsen in 1876.



FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
Indy Johar

Indy Johar is focused on the strategic design of new super scale civic assets for transition – specifically at the intersection of financing, contracting and governance for deeply democratic futures.


Indy is co-founder of darkmatterlabs.org and of the RIBA award winning architecture and urban practice Architecture00 – https://www.architecture00.net, a founding director of open systems lab – https://www.opensystemslab.io (digitising planning), seeded WikiHouse (open source housing) – https://www.wikihouse.cc  and Open Desk (open source furniture company) https://www.opendesk.cc.


Indy is a non-executive international Director of the BloxHub https://bloxhub.org (Denmark Copenhagen) – the Nordic Hub for sustainable urbanization and was 2016-17 Graham Willis Visiting Professorship at Sheffield University.  He was also Studio Master at the Architectural Association – 2019-2020, UNDP Innovation Facility Advisory Board Member  2016-20 and RIBA Trustee 2017-20. He has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; University College London, Princeton, Harvard, MIT and New School. 


Most recently, he was awarded the London Design Medal for Innovation in 2022.

We are very excited to announce Indy Johar as our first confirmed Keynote for FABRICATE 2024. We are inspired by Indy’s ground-breaking work investigating infrastructures for social innovation and transition. He sheds light on the importance of rethinking the role of infrastructural and legislative frameworks as a precursor to changing how we design and fabricate architecture to create truly equitable and sustainable building culture.

Mette & Phil

FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
Anna Dyson

Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the Yale Schools of Architecture (YSoA) and Environment (YSE). She is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA), a research initiative that integrates interdisciplinary labs across campus to collaborate on the research, development and deployment of novel architectural systems that are focused on the challenge of metabolizing energy, water and materials within architecture in radically new ways.


At the YSoA, Dyson has established a new model for PhD-level design research in Architectural Sciences which has received multiple honors for pedagogy, including the award for most innovative academic program from the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and an Award of Excellence from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


Dyson has been directing design research programs that have competitively won awards and contracts from multiple sponsors such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The New York City Dept of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC), NYSERDA, NYSTAR, NEXUS, and from private sponsors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Baruch Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and others.


Recipient of the Innovator Award from Architectural Record, Dyson holds many international patents on building systems innovations for the collection and distribution of clean energy, water, air quality and material life cycle. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), and The Center for Architecture. Designs for novel systems have won many awards, including a 1st prize from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Climate Camouflage and Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade systems, Architect R&D awards for the Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) and the Active Modular Phytoremediation System (AMPS).


In 2007, Dyson co-founded the ground-breaking Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) with Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM LLP) and RPI. Multiple systems are being deployed within scaled up building test sites: with SOM, the AMPS system was installed into the Public Safety Answering Center (PSAC II) in Bronx, NY and was included in the Best Architecture of 2017 by the Wall St. Journal, as the first full-scale test of the production of fresh air from within a building through plant-based air handling systems. In 2019, Yale CEA’s Ecological Living Module, demonstrating a nexus for on-site energy, water and agricultural production, was named as the #1 World Changing Idea, by the UN News.

We are excited to announce Prof Anna Dyson, Director of the Yale Centre for Ecosystems in Architecture, as FABRICATE2024 Keynote. Her pioneering research challenges the scales of architecture – moving from the nanoscale of films and surfaces, to materials, to buildings. Her work intersects education, research and practice with a strong focus on ecological and bio-based design paradigms. We look forward to her particular insights on the development and deployment of novel architectural systems and how these establish new interfaces between architecture and ecology.

Mette & Phil


4 April 2023

Call for Work opens

20 June 2023 12:00 (noon) GMT

EXTENDED Deadline for abstract submissions

18 August 2023

Notification of accepted abstracts

9 October 2023 00:00 GMT

Full paper submission deadline

30 October 2023

Deadline for final edits

6-12 November 2023

Notification of accepted papers for conference and publication

November 2023

Early bird registration begins

4-6 April 2024

FABRICATE 2024 conference, CITA, Royal Danish Academy


The Call for Work is now Closed

Thank you for your submissions!

FABRICATE 2024 marks a watershed moment. Collectively, we stand at a juncture where conventional methods of resource acquisition and industrial production are recognised as primary contributors to ecological disruption. New research-led approaches for responsible fabrication and production are required to rethink how resource is deployed, its intensity, its socio-ecological origins and sensitivity to environment.

FABRICATE 2024 calls for radical departures in architectural design and production and offers a chance to reflect upon how, and for whom, we design.

Over the last 12 years FABRICATE has consolidated a large and diverse global inter-sector community with power and capacity for real change making. For FABRICATE 2024 we want to focus this capacity on the following questions:


  • What is the future of fabrication in a resource challenged world?
  • How might we rethink the role of computation to reshape fabrication in response to new resource streams, waste upcycling, novel renewables and challenged supply chains?
  • What are the methods and tools that can effect these changes?
  • What are the scales of change needed and how do we address the ethical implications of building fabrication culture as a globalised practice?


The FABRICATE 2024 call seeks paper submissions that offer perspectives and tangible efforts to address these questions through the optic of fabrication, demonstrated through built or work-in-progress projects. Our aim for FABRICATE 2024 is to interrogate, debate, and document the plurality of cutting-edge and disruptive models of design and production that are emerging in response to these challenges and questions.


Overview of abstract submissions (now closed). At this stage we are asking authors to submit a short abstract (max. 600 words) and 10-15 images. Please use images that you would be able to provide in high resolution should your work is selected for inclusion in the publication. Any image references and copyrights have to be cleared by the author prior to submission.


We strongly encourage that all those who are interested in making submissions to document their work at publication quality. This is particularly important for site-based and lab-based imagery of process.


Core to the approach of FABRICATE is to present and publish at very high visual standard, we have learnt over the years that opportunities for key imagery arise at every stage of every project. Images of completed projects are always easily obtainable, but those one-off images of a project under testing, construction, and assembly are essential for mass dissemination.


All submissions should be anonymous, submitted on EasyChair and will be peer reviewed. The projects selected for the next stage, will be developed into full papers and full resolution imagery and submitted in the Autumn.

We would like to thank the panel of experts for their invaluable assistance during the peer reviewing process.
Sean Ahlquist, Ana Maria Anton, Philip Beesley, Philippe Block, Jane Burry, Paolo Cascone, Nat Chard, Canhui Chen, Brandon Clifford, Xavier De Kestellier, Klaas De  Rycke, Pradeep Devadass, Benjamin Dillenburger, Stylianos Dritsas, Nick Dunn, Stephen Gage, Rauiri Glynn, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias (Hank) Haeusler, Ingrid Halland, Sean Hanna, Alvin Huang, Markus Matthias Hudert, Anja Jonkhans, Axel Kilian, Chris Knapp, Jan Knippers, Toni Kotnik, Silke Langenberg, Chris Leung, Tim Lucas, Mathilde Marengo, Areti Markopoulou, Wes McGee, Achim Menges, Catie Newell, Paul Nicholas, Kas Oosterhuis, Mariana Popescu, Arthur Prior, Dagmar Reinhardt, Gilles Retsin, Jenny Sabin, Virginia San Fratello, Fabian Scheurer, Roland Snooks, Asbjørn Sondergaard, Hanno Stehling, Tom Svilans, Skylar Tibbits, Edoardo Tibuzzi, Kathy Velikov, Emmanuel Vercruysse, Petras Vestartas & Oliver Wilton.


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