FABRICATE 2020 is a four-day peer-reviewed international online conference and book, with supporting events, exploring the future of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) through Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) with a distinct emphasis on Design. Within the context of global challenges on sustainable access to and deployment of advanced technology, FABRICATE 2020 will address the design and making of resilient architecture.

 

*The event was rescheduled from its original plan to run in early April 2020 at Here East, University College London. Now entirely online, global, and spanning four days instead of two, the event was broadcasted twice daily to cater for audiences across hemispheres East and West, North and South. *

 

FABRICATE 2020 was hosted by Cornell on Zoom with interactive access for all existing tickets holders, presenters, partners and hosts. The event was also live streamed via Cornell’s Video On Demand platform and available to watch via the links below.

The transmissions of FABRICATE 2020 count over 5,300 views already from 100 countries across the globe.

 

We are very excited to announce that FABRICATE 2020: Making Resilient Architecture has been published. Hard cover copies are on sale as well as free PDF download available through UCL Press and co-publisher Riverside Architectural Press whom we both thank for all their support.

 

Thank you to all the contributors, partners, production editors, designer Patrick Morrissey and Albe de Coker printers for making this book happen during these difficult times. The book already counts over 9,000 downloads!

ONLINE EVENT SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER / TRANSMISSION 1

BIO MATERIALITY

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR

 

Introduction to the Conference

Jane Burry & Jenny Sabin

 

Keynote

Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield Architects with Kai Strehlke, Blumer Lehmann, UK/Germany

 

Introduction from Session Chair

Areti Markopoulou, IaaC, Spain

 

Presentations

  • MUD Frontiers. Virginia San Fratello & Ronal Rael, San Jose State University/ The University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Cork House. Oliver Wilton & Matthew Barnett Howland, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL/ CSK Architects, UK
  • Pulp Faction. Ana Goidea, bioDigital matter. Lund University, Sweden
  • Urbach Tower. Dylan Wood, University of Stuttgart, ICD, ITKE, Germany & ETH/Empa, Blumer Lehmann AG, Switzerland
  • Confluence Park. Andrew Kudless & Tenna Florian, Kreysler & Associates/ Matsys, USA

Continuous 80 minute pre-recorded webinar.

All live sessions will be on Zoom with access for presenters, ticket-holders and partners, as well as streamed on Cornell on Demand for guests.

 

TRANSMISSION 1 EAST

WEBINAR EAST

8:20-9.50 am (London) / 3:20-4.50pm (Shanghai) / 5:20-6.50pm (Melbourne)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION EAST

Q&A hosted by Jane Burry & Areti Markopoulou

10.00-10.45am (London) / 5.00 to 5.45pm (Shanghai) / 7.00 to 7.45pm (Melbourne)

 

AFTER EAST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (London) / 6.00 to 6.45pm (Shanghai) / 8.00 to 8.45pm (Melbourne)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

TRANSMISSION 1 WEST

WEBINAR WEST

8:20-9.50 am (Los Angeles) / 11:20am – 12.50pm (New York) / 4:20-5.50pm (London)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WEST

Q&A hosted by Jenny Sabin & Areti Markopoulou

10.00-10.45am (Los Angeles) / 1.00-1.45pm (New York) / 6.00-6.45pm (London)

 

AFTER WEST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (Los Angeles) / 2.00-2.45pm (New York) / 7.00-7.45pm (London)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER / TRANSMISSION 2

SYNTHESISING DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR

 

Introduction to the Conference

Jane Burry & Jenny Sabin

 

Keynote

Cristiano Ceccato, Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

 

Introduction from Session Chair

Wes McGee, University of Michigan, USA

 

Presentations

  • Kuwait International Airport Terminal 2. Lucio Blandini, Werner Sobek AG, Germany
  • Baoshan Pedestrian Bridge. Weiguo Xu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Making Form Work – Experiments along the Grain of Concrete and Timber. Sasa Zivkovic & Leslie Lok, Cornell University, USA
  • A factory On the Fly. Asbjørn Søndergaard, Odico Construction Robotics with SOM LLP, Denmark
  • Extruded Terracotta Fabrication. Scott Overall & John Paul Rysavy, SHoP Architects, USA

Continuous 80 minute pre-recorded webinar.

All live sessions will be on Zoom with access for presenters, ticket-holders and partners, as well as streamed on Cornell on Demand for guests.

 

TRANSMISSION 2 EAST

WEBINAR EAST

8:30-9.50 am (London) / 3:30-4.50pm (Shanghai) / 5:30-6.50pm (Melbourne)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION EAST

Q&A hosted by Jane Burry & Wes McGee

10.00-10.45am (London) / 5.00 to 5.45pm (Shanghai) / 7.00 to 7.45pm (Melbourne)

 

AFTER EAST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (London) / 6.00 to 6.45pm (Shanghai) / 8.00 to 8.45pm (Melbourne)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

TRANSMISSION 2 WEST

WEBINAR WEST

8:30-9.50 am (Los Angeles) / 11:30am – 12.50pm (New York) / 4:30-5.50pm (London)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WEST

Q&A hosted by Jenny Sabin & Wes McGee

10.00-10.45am (Los Angeles) / 1.00-1.45pm (New York) / 6.00-6.45pm (London)

 

AFTER WEST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (Los Angeles) / 2.00-2.45pm (New York) / 7.00-7.45pm (London)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER / TRANSMISSION 3

OPTIMISATION FOR A CHANGING WORLD

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR

 

Introduction to the Conference

Jane Burry & Jenny Sabin

 

Keynote

Philippe Block, ETH, Switzerland

 

Introduction from Session Chair

Gilles Retsin, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

 

Presentations

  • BUGA Fibre Pavilion. Serban Bodea, University of Stuttgart, ICD, ITKE, FibR GmbH, Germany
  • Kagome Weaving. Phil Ayres, CITA/KADK, BOLLINGER+GROHMANN INGENIEURE & Alison Grace Martin, Denmark
  • Shell Structure: Red Pavilion. Philip Yuan, Tongji University, China
  • KnitCandela. Mariana Popescu, Block Research Group, ETH, Switzerland
  • Swatch Building. Hanno Stehling, Design-to-Production, Switzerland

Continuous 80 minute pre-recorded webinar.

All live sessions will be on Zoom with access for presenters, ticket-holders and partners, as well as streamed on Cornell on Demand for guests.

 

TRANSMISSION 3 EAST

WEBINAR EAST

8:30-9.50 am (London) / 3:30-4.50pm (Shanghai) / 5:30-6.50pm (Melbourne)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION EAST

Q&A hosted by Jane Burry & Gilles Retsin

10.00-10.45am (London) / 5.00 to 5.45pm (Shanghai) / 7.00 to 7.45pm (Melbourne)

 

AFTER EAST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (London) / 6.00 to 6.45pm (Shanghai) / 8.00 to 8.45pm (Melbourne)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

TRANSMISSION 3 WEST

WEBINAR WEST

8:30-9.50 am (Los Angeles) / 11:30am – 12.50pm (New York) / 4:30-5.50pm (London)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WEST

Q&A hosted by Jenny Sabin & Gilles Retsin

10.00-10.45am (Los Angeles) / 1.00-1.45pm (New York) / 6.00-6.45pm (London)

 

AFTER WEST

45 min webinars and events run by Autodesk and Arup

11.00-11.45am (Los Angeles) / 2.00-2.45pm (New York) / 7.00-7.45pm (London)

Details on how to register to be emailed to all delegates.

 

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER / TRANSMISSION 4

POLEMICAL PERFORMATIVE PRACTICE

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR

 

Introduction to the Conference

Jane Burry & Jenny Sabin

 

Keynote

Meejin Yoon, Cornell University, USA

 

Introduction by Session Chair

Kathy Velikov, University of Michigan, USA

 

Presentations

  • Concrete Choreography. Ana Maria Anton, ETH, Switzerland
  • Discrete Automation. Gilles Retsin & Mollie Claypool, BSA/UCL, Design Computation Lab, UK
  • Hudson Yards Vessel. Pablo Zamorano, Edoardo Tibuzzi & Peter Romvari, AKT II & Heatherwick Studio, UK
  • Diagrams of Entropic Forces. Philip Beesley, Living Architecture Systems, Canada
  • Embedded Architecture: Ada, Driven by Humans, Powered by AI. Jenny Sabin, Jenny Sabin Studio, USA

Continuous 80 minute pre-recorded webinar.

All live sessions will be on Zoom with access for presenters, ticket-holders and partners, as well as streamed on Cornell on Demand for guests.

TRANSMISSION 4 EAST

WEBINAR EAST

8:30-9.50 am (London) / 3:30-4.50pm (Shanghai) / 5:30-6.50pm (Melbourne)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION EAST

Q&A hosted by Jane Burry & Kathy Velikov

10.00-10.45am (London) / 5.00 to 5.45pm (Shanghai) / 7.00 to 7.45pm (Melbourne)

 

 

TRANSMISSION 4 WEST

WEBINAR WEST

8:30-9.50 am (Los Angeles) / 11:30am – 12.50pm (New York) / 4:30-5.50pm (London)

 

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION WEST

Q&A hosted by Jenny Sabin & Kathy Velikov

10.00-10.45am (Los Angeles) / 1.00-1.45pm (New York) / 6.00-6.45pm (London)

 

AFTER WEST

45 min informal closing networking session

11.00-11.45am (Los Angeles) / 2.00-2.45pm (New York) / 7.00-7.45pm (London)

 

This final session will also be on Zoom (same link as the live panel discussion)

 

AFTER SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

TRANSMISSION 1 After Sessions

 

After East Session

 

Autodesk

Virtual Tour
Autodesk Technology Centre, Birmingham UK
9th Sept: 11.00 – 11.45am (London / UTC +1)

Register here on Zoom (maximum 500 participants)

 

Arup

Networking session hosted by Arup
9th Sept: 11.00 – 11.45am (London / UTC +1)

Join the MSTeams Live Event here

 

After West Session

 

Arup

Networking session hosted by Arup
9th Sept: 19.00 – 19.45am (London / UTC +1)

Join the MSTeams Live Event here

 

THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

TRANSMISSION 2 After Sessions

 

After East Session

 

Autodesk

The LASIMM Story
Large-scale hybrid manufacturing machine for construction
10th Sept: 11.00 –11.45am (London / UTC +1)

Register here on Zoom (maximum 500 participants)

 

Arup

Networking session hosted by Arup
10th Sept: 11.00 – 11.45am (London / UTC +1)

Join the MSTeams Live here

 

After West Session

 

Autodesk

Automate Now!
The Factory in the Field (Panel Discussion)
10th Sept: 19.00 – 19.45 (London / UTC +1)
11.00 – 11.45am (Los Angeles / UTC -7)

Register here on Zoom (maximum 500 participants)

 

Arup

Networking session hosted by Arup
10th Sept: 19.00 – 19.45am (London / UTC +1)

Join the MSTeams Live Event

 

FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

TRANSMISSION 3 After Sessions

 

After East Session

 

Autodesk

Live Demo
Experience Generative Design in Autodesk Fusion 360
11th Sept: 11.00 – 11.45am (London / UTC +1)

Register here on Zoom (maximum 500 participants)

 

 

After West Session

 

Autodesk

Arroyo Bridge: Developing Software for Designers in Robotic Construction
11th Sept: 19.00-19.45 pm (London / UTC +1)
11.00 – 11.45am (Los Angeles / UTC -7)

Register here on Zoom (maximum 500 participants)

 

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

TRANSMISSION 4 After Session

 

FABRICATE 2020 finale

Join us for an informal closing networking session, a collective toast, prize giving and more
12th Sept: 19.00 –19.45 pm (London / UTC +1)

 

ABOUT FABRICATE 2020

Established at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2011, and after tours to ETH Zurich in 2014 and ICD/ITKE Stuttgart in 2017, the fourth triennial FABRICATE conference is being held online from 09 – 12 September 2020. Co-hosted by two UCL Faculties, The Bartlett, and UCL Engineering, FABRICATE 2020 is co-chaired by two world-leading experts in the field; Professor Jenny Sabin of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Ithaca, New York, and Professor Jane Burry, Dean at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

 

The conference is accompanied by a 320-page hardback publication (UCL Press, 2020), featuring 32 lavishly illustrated articles on built projects and constructed prototypes from over 100 contributors (selected from over 250 submissions and peer-reviewed by over 50 experts). With four additional interviews between keynotes and academic and industry experts, the book brings together the latest global expertise in architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation, as the fourth accompaniment in the series which to-date have been downloaded over 135,000 times via the UCL Press website here.

 

Held over four days, the online conference will explore the overarching theme of Making Resilient Architecture across twenty 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 Meejin Yoon (Cornell University), each of which speaks to a critical and resonant theme:

 

– Bio-Materiality
– Synthesising design and production
– Optimisation for a Changing World
– Polemical Performative Practice

 

The conference is bringing together expertise from across the world, with speakers from 10 countries, including researchers from UCL, ETH Zurich, ICD/ITKE Stuttgart, CITA, IaaC, AAP and practitioners from AKT II, Foster and Partners, Heatherwick Studio, SHoP Architects, Matsys, Design-to-production, with industry partners AUTODESK, Arup, Happold Foundation, Perkins & Will, Boston Dynamics, to name a few.

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KEYNOTES & CHAIRS

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Jane Burry

Conference co-Chair
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Jenny Sabin

Conference co-Chair
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Bob Sheil

FABRICATE co-Founder
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Julia Barfield

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Philippe Block

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Cristiano Ceccato

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Kai Strehlke

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Meejin Yoon

Keynote
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Areti Markopoulou

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Gilles Retsin

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Kathy Velikov

Session Chair

SPEAKERS

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Ana Anton

ETH Zurich
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Phil Ayres

CITA
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Philip Beesley

University of Waterloo
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Lucio Blandini

Werner Sobek Stuttgart AG
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Serban Bodea

ICD Stuttgart
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Mollie Claypool

The Bartlett UCL
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Tenna Florian

Lake|Flato Architects
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Virginia San Fratello & Ronald Rael

Emerging Objects
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Ana Goidea

Lund University
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Philippe Grönquist

ETH Zurich
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Matthew Barnett Howland

CSK Architects
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Andrew Kudless

University of Houston
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Leslie Lok

Cornell University College AAP
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Scott Overall

SHoP Architects
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Mariana Popescu

ETH Zurich
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Gilles Retsin

The Bartlett UCL
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Peter Romvari

Heatherwick Studio
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John Paul Rysavy

SHoP Architects
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Jenny Sabin

Cornell AAP
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Asbjørn Søndergaard

Odico Construction Robotics
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Hanno Stehling

Design-to-Production
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Ed Tibuzzi

AKT II
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Weiguo XU

Tsinghua University
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Oliver Wilton

The Bartlett UCL
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Dylan Wood

ICD Stuttgart
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Philip Yuan

Tongji University
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Pablo Zamorano

Heatherwick Studio
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Sasa Zivkovic

Cornell University College AAP

Call for Work

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 & Engineering.

Our Call for Work was open for submissions of built or partially built projects by individuals or collaborators in academia, practice and industry. We welcomed submissions that examine 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 realisation.

We received over 220 submissions of exceptional quality from 37 countries. 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.

CALL FOR WORK NOW CLOSED

 

Thank you for your submissions 

TIMELINE

25 April 2019

Call for Work opens

16 May 2019

Submission system opens

20 June 2019

Abstract submission EXTENDED deadline

15 August 2019

Notification of accepted abstracts

7 October 2019

Full submission EXTENDED deadline

27 October 2019

NEW Deadline for final edits

3-10 November 2019

Notification of accepted work

9-12 September 2020

Online event

CONTACT US

Interested in being a part of FABRICATE?

We are seeking sponsors and donors at all levels and welcome the chance to discuss your involvement. 

 


Jane Burry

Dean in the School of Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne

 

Jenny Sabin

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Architecture at Cornell University

 

Bob Sheil

Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL