June 2019, 20th - June 2019, 20th

Image: ‘Lumen’ by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017.
Photograph by Jesse Winter. Image courtesy Ten10 Studios.


International, peer-reviewed conference and publication, FABRICATE 2020, is now calling for works.

FABRICATE is now calling for works and works-in-progress from academics and practitioners, which explore and exemplify how the latest digital design and fabrication technologies are enabling new and creative construction opportunities. From computational design, to material performance and manipulation, to robotic fabrication, FABRICATE is seeking to promote the full spectrum of research and creative practice in architecture, engineering and related industries.

Founded at The Bartlett School of Architecture in 2011, FABRICATE is a triennial conference and publication exploring digital fabrication, co-organised by Swinburne University of Technology and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Since 2011, FABRICATE has witnessed, documented and discussed seismic transformation in design and making, providing a platform for pioneering and innovative work. The first edition in 2011, themed ‘Making Digital Architecture’, gathered 220 project submissions from 37 countries. FABRICATE then moved to Zurich in 2014 (‘Negotiating Design and Making’) and Stuttgart in 2017 (‘Rethinking Design and Construction’). To date, FABRICATE has attracted more than a thousand delegates and 610 project submissions from leading practices and world-renowned institutions.

In the first instance practitioners or researchers are invited to submit a 600-word abstract together with 10-15 images via EasyChair before 20 June. Through a blind peer reviewing process, 32 projects will be selected and their authors will be asked to write up their full submissions (2,000-2,500 word text together with 10-15 high-res images) by the 19th of September. 16 of the selected projects will be presented at the FABRICATE conference in April 2020.


The FABRICATE 2020 conference will take place from 2-4 April 2020 in and around The Bartlett’s state-of-the-art fabrication hub at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More information will be announced from July. 


More information available on www.fabricate.org

Adrem - Bartlett - Fabricate 2017 project ‘Armadillo Vault

Fabricate 2017 project ‘Armadillo Vault’ was created by a team led by ETH Zurich researchers (including Philippe Block, Matthias Rippmann, Tom Van Mele & David Escobedo) and ranges from 5 cm at the midspan to 12 cm at the internal touch-down and point springing. It is supported entirely through compression, rather than with the use of adhesives or fixings. Photographed here at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016