Organised by the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication of ETH Zurich in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, FABRICATE 2014 was the second event of the series. It brought together researchers and practitioners in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, material and software design. An international publication and exhibition complemented the conference.
The 2014 FABRICATE conference and publication at ETH Zurich focused on the question of if and how the innovations developed would become relevant on a larger scale. Special attention was given to the even more important discussion of whether the creative spirit originating from these digital-material explorations would lead to
a change in sensibility and methods that will affect the design and building culture more fundamentally than it might appear at a first glance.
FABRICATE 2014 disseminated selected work alongside a series of thematic essays by world leading architects and engineers. The four conference sessions were titled ‘Challenging the Thresholds’, ‘Material Exuberance’, ‘Forming Machines’ and ‘Living Assemblies’. Reviewed by an international panel of experts, projects presented at the conference were selected through our Call for Work.
The list of peer-reviewers included: Philippe Block, Tobias Bonwetsch, Michael Budig, Xavier De Kestelier, Stylianos Dritsas, Yves Ebnoether, Ruairi Glynn, Sean Hanna, Fabio Gramazio, Volker Helm, Sawako Kaijima, Axel Kilian, Matthias Kohler, Branko Kolarevic, Toni Kotnik, Dirk Krolikowski, Silke Langenberg, George Legendre, Marta Male-Alemany, Wes Mcgee, Achim Menges, Philippe Morel, Shinya Okuda, Neri Oxman, Fabian Scheurer, Christoph Schindler, Bob Sheil, Marilena Skavara, Michael Stacey, Martin Tamke, Yves Weinand and Jan Willmann.
‘FABRICATE 2014: Negotiating Design & Making’ was edited by Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler & Silke Langenberg and published by gta Verlag. It was launched in Zurich, at FABRICATE 2014, complementing the conference and was distributed to all delegates as part of their registration.
It features the works of all our selected speakers as well as a further selection of 16 projects from the peer-reviewed Call for Works. The publication also includes interviews between the keynote speakers of FABRICATE 2011 and 2014. It has now been republished by UCL Press in electronic format.