ABOUT

FAB FEST is a week-long celebration of design and making, hosted by the Fabrication Lab from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. For the third year running, it invites creative designers from around the world to envision and build their ideas about architecture and the city. It will feature over 80 pavilions and installations designed internationally, manufactured in the Fabrication Lab, and assembled and installed in Central London.

After five days of making, entertainment and international competition, FAB FEST opens to the local community, with lightweight, recyclable pavilions forming the transient architecture for a series of making events, live musical performances and a three-day exhibition. All the materials for FAB FEST are then recycled (98%!), for next year’s event.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

To see what you might expect from FAB FEST please see below a selection of projects from FAB FEST ’16 and ’17.

THIS YEAR'S THEME

The theme for FAB FEST this year is Digital City. FAB FEST challenges creative minds to imagine and realise architectural concepts for the cities of tomorrow. We live in a complex and rapidly changing world in which the digital is now ubiquitous. Our personal, social and professional lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies, and as architects and designers, we have unprecedented opportunities to innovate including computational design, robotic fabrication, and the internet of things.

FAB FEST this year asks designers to reflect on and offer creative responses to the contemporary digital condition. Proposals might push the boundaries for the digital production of architecture, or engage with wider aspects of how the digital affects our architecture, cities and daily lives. The challenge is to propose a compelling and engaging proposal for a pavilion or installation to explore and manifest your ideas. What does the Digital City mean to you as a designer?

TIMELINE

APPLICATIONS OPEN

CONCEPT DESIGN

Gather your team and work together to create your Concept Design. You’ll need to submit a description, sketch and diagram to apply.

SUBMIT APPLICATION

DEVELOPED DESIGN

Develop your design through physical models, digital models and material tests.

SUBMIT DESIGN

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Calibrate your drawings with our machines through testing and prototyping, and prepare your fabrication files ready for us to manufacture in the Lab.

SUBMIT FABRICATION INFO

MANUFACTURE

We manufacture your project for you in the Fabrication Lab in Central London, and leave your parts flat-packed, ready for you to assemble.

ARRIVE IN LONDON

ASSEMBLE

You’ll have five days to assemble and install your pavilion or installation, with events every evening to meet the other participants and unwind.

LET'S MAKE!

12:00 - 16:00

MUSIC@FABFEST

19:00 - 22:00

FAB FEST opens to the local community, with a family-friendly making festival held amongst the pavilions and installations.

A one-off musical performance in the unique venue of P3 during FAB FEST, featuring one of London’s hottest bands.

EXHIBITION

EXPLORE THE PAVILIONS

Three tranquil days in which to enjoy the pavilions and installations in peace.

FAB FEST '18 - CLOSES

YOUR PAVILIONS WILL LIVE ON

98% of the card will be recycled into boards ready for next year's festival.

FEES

The Fee to participate in FAB FEST is £50 (£20 for installations project) for each team member. Academic and Professional Mentors do not pay to take part. The fee includes all the materials and machine time allowed by the rules to build the projects; feedback and advice from the Fabrication Lab Staff during the design development of projects; and access to the Fabrication Lab, P3 and to all events and entertainment throughout the nine days of FAB FEST. Visitors to London will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Discounts apply to current students of the University of Westminster.

APPLICATION

Once you have all the required documents (see the rules section), download and complete the application form. Once completed, upload the form and a member of the team will contact you. To see a sample of a filled in form, please click here.

CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM

CLICK ON THE LINK TO UPLOAD YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM AND DOCUMENTS

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