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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 290,000 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.
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.
In an era where we are witnessing one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the conceptualization, making, and construction of buildings, FABRICATE celebrates and debates the most cutting-edge innovations in digital fabrication to impact architectural pedagogy, trans-disciplinary research, and applied professional practice in a changing world.
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FABRICATE is the most enjoyable and exciting conference, a superiorly successfull event. It has a unique and exceptionally well-working formula, making it a pleasure to channel the best of efforts. The free ebook version of the proceedings is a great addition which will help both increasing the already unparalleled impact of the conference, as well as fuelling the appetite for 2020.
FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
Anders Lendager is an architect, creative director and founder of Lendager. His company has established itself as a front runner and one of the most influential architecture studios and strategic consultancies working within sustainability and circular economy. Anders oversees various projects and ensures the implementation of cutting-edge approaches to change-making in the built environment within a wide range of typologies, scales and consultancy services. He aims to push the boundaries and scale sustainable transition throughout the value chain.
Anders Lendager graduated as an architect from the Aarhus School of Architecture and has since been immersed in the development and promotion of sustainability in practice and as an external consultant, keynote speaker and international lecturer on resource efficiency, innovation and holistic sustainability. His pioneering spirit has positioned him as a recognised proponent of turning strategy into concrete actions. Further, Anders has been represented on the board of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms and committees such as UNDP SDG Accelerator.
During the last decade, Anders has created and developed three companies working with architecture, circular consultancy and building component production, and has recently sold and spun-off a company dedicated to developing and selling upcycled building products to the wider market. Innovation, a keen eye for scalability and the ability to assist clients in translating long-term strategic goals into new business opportunities is one of his strong points. His visionary approach is anchored in his deep understanding of the potential for using architecture as a process to convey and create climate action.
His pioneering spirit and willingness to go beyond common conceptions of the possible have already changed many people’s conception of what opportunities lie in creatively working with the most pressing issues of our time.
We are happy to announce that Anders Lendager of Lendager Architects will join FABRICATE2024 as keynote. Anders is a visionary in his creation of new models for practicing circular and sustainable architecture. Through projects such as Upcycle Studios and Resource Rows he is creating real-world exemplars of how to harvest and build with reclaimed materials reconceptualising end-of-life and ideating what new concepts of localisation, availability and design for disassembly can mean in architecture. Anders’ work engages with many scales and operations. He is heavily vested in reshaping strategic thinking of production in the built environment across the scales of architecture, urban planning and material innovation.
Mette & Phil
FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the Yale School 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
FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
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
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.
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:
The FABRICATE 2024 Call for Work gathered 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.