Thank you to everyone who attended FABRICATE 2024. We welcomed more than 380 delegates from over 30 countries and more than 100 affiliations.


Thank you to our 4 Keynotes, 4 session Chairs and 16 presenting teams for the stimulating presentations and panel discussions. And to the peer reviewers for assisting us with the peer reviewing process.


Thank you also to our partners and sponsors for making this event possible.

FABRICATE 2024: Creating Resourceful Futures is now available to purchase and/or download for free through UCL Press and Riverside.

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18:00 – 19:00 Early Registration

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome reception & Book launch


8:30 – 9:00 Registration


9:00 Opening statement by Jakob Knudsen

9:15 Introduction by Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen & Phil Ayres


9:30 – 10:15  ANDERS LENDAGER – Keynote

10-:15 – 10:30 Questions


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break



RECLAIM Circularity & Reuse – Opening statement by Mariana Popescu

11:10 – 11:25 The Phoenix bridge: Improving circularity of 3DCP unreinforced masonry structures — Alessandro Dell’Endice, Vishu Bhooshan

11:30 – 11:45 Material versatility, locality and change in circular design — Paul Nicholas

11:50 – 12:05 Marina Spa: Small-scale agility and timber waste streams for complex timber structures — Tom Svilans

12:10 – 12:25 Upscaling Mycelium-Based Composites: Strategies for Architectural Scale Biofabrication of Sustainable Building Components — Andrea Rossi, Nadja Nolte and Eda Özdemir

12:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion

13:00 Statement by Franc Mouwen, European Innovation Council


13:10 – 14:00 Lunch break



INTEGRATE Systems & Context – Opening statement by Jenny Sabin

14:05 – 14:20 Design Systems and Construction Strategies for Impact Printed Structures — Kunaljit Chadha, Lauren Vasey

14:25 – 14:40 Breuer x AM: Functional Hybridisation in Concrete Building Envelope Components through Additive Manufacturing — Bruno Knychalla

14:45 – 15:00 KNITNERVI: Lightness and tailored materiality for flexible concrete construction — Mariana Popescu, Serban Ioan Bodea

15:05 – 15:20 HOUSE OF CORES: Advancing Collaborations between Building Industry and Academia to Develop Integrated, Applied, and Resource-efficient Models for Housing Construction — Leslie Lok, Sasa Zivkovic, Fabian Meyer-Brötz

15:30 – 16:00 Panel discussion


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 17:15  ANNA DYSON – Keynote

17:15 – 17:30 Questions

Closing of first day


9:00 – 9:30 Late registration


9:30 – 10:15  INDY JOHAR – Keynote

10-:15 – 10:30 Questions


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break



LOCALISE Sourcing & Performance – Opening statement by Leslie Lok

11:10 – 11:25 Addressing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus within Buildings: Shaping Light, Water, and Energy Flows — Mandi Pretorius, Anna Dyson

11:30 – 11:45 Foraging for a Field Station: Cultivating material efficiency — Emmanuel Vercruysse, Kate Davies

11:50 – 12:05 LONG RANGE: Intrinsic Acoustic Performance — Catie Newell, Zackery Belanger

12:10 – 12:25 Algorithmic design for low carbon, low cost housing construction in Mexico — Sandy Curth

12:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break



RATIONALISE Elements & Assemblies – Opening statement by Kathrin Dörfler

14:05 – 14:20 Co-design of natural fiber composite building elements: the Livmats Pavilion — Christoph Zechmeister, Marta Gil Pérez

14:25 – 14:40 TOR ALVA: A 3D-Printed Concrete Tower — Ana Anton

14:45 – 15:00 Post-Tensioned, Prefab 3D Printed Concrete Canopy With Minimised Mass and Maximised Surface Area — Masoud Akbarzadeh

15:05 – 15:20 WISDOME STOCKHOLM: LVL Grid-Shell bent on-site — Fabian Scheurer, Moritz Niebler

15:30 – 16:00 Panel discussion


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 17:15  ZHU PEI – Keynote

17:15 – 17:30 Questions

Closing of second day


18:00 – 21:00 Closing reception

The conference schedule is subject to minor changes.

FABRICATE 2024, 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 308,000 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 was set to 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.

Co_Organised by

Sponsored by

Supported by

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 collaboration with


FABRICATE 2024 Keynote
Anders Lendager

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

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

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 and of the RIBA award winning architecture and urban practice Architecture00 –, a founding director of open systems lab – (digitising planning), seeded WikiHouse (open source housing) –  and Open Desk (open source furniture company)


Indy is a non-executive international Director of the BloxHub (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
Zhu Pei

Zhu Pei founded the Studio Zhu Pei in Beijing in 2005.


His works have been exhibited at world renowned museums and exhibitions including MoMA, the Venice Biennial, GA Gallery, Centre Pompidou, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His works have been collected by MoMA, the Pompidou Art Center, the Victoria and Albert Museum and M+. In 2011, he was selected as an architecture jury member for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011.  


Marked by his American experience, which includes teaching visiting professorships and teaching assignments at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia as a visiting professor, he is the current at present Dean of the School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. 

We are excited to announce Chinese architect Zhu Pei as keynote for FABRICATE2024. Zhu Pei is head of the innovative Studio Zhu Pei and Dean of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His work is grounded in a deep material sensibility exploring societal traditions, history and the tectonics of buildings.
His probing of building culture is underpinned by an experimental artistic approach that is coupled with resource consciousness towards the use of local resource and reclaimed materials as demonstrated in the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum.
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

13-19 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!

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, Ruairi 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:


  • 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 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.


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