We are delighted to announce that FAB FEST ’17 will also feature the launch of the Architectural Robotics Theatre. A.R.T. is a series of research projects exploring how our industrial robots might be used to invent and develop new ways of working with a particular material to create innovative architecture. The projects will all culminate in a week-long public performance in the Lab’s unique robot cell overlooking Marylebone Road.

The first project will focus on innovative ways of working with card and use the robots to create a fantastic pavilion for FAB FEST. We are now looking for students to join the team. The project will be mentored by the Fabrication Lab staff together with Mentors from Exp.Arch Hochbau from Innsbruck University, and practitioners from the leading structural engineers, AKT II. In addition to the usual support provided by FAB FEST mentors, the A.R.T. team will also receive presentations in basic robotics, and will learn how to generate tool paths and work with these highly flexible digital fabrication tools. Note that the project will involve a commitment to attending these training workshops and will require a (very worthwhile) investment of your time.

 

Schedule:

April – Application period Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th of April

April – Design | Concept development

– Robotics | Introduction workshop

May – Design | Design a technical detail and build a 1:20 model

– Robotics | Design concept application and material testing

June – Fabrication | Working drawings production and robotic fabrication of parts

July – Festival | Pavilion installation in Ambika P3

Public robotic performance over the Festival week (2nd – 9th July)

 

If you wish to apply for this exciting workshop opportunity, the deadline to be part of the A.R.T. team is Sunday 16th April 2017. Please send contact details and a brief motivation paragraph (a description of why you want to apply in about 150 words) to art@fabricationlab.london

For more information, visit FABFEST.london and fablab.london/art, or for specific queries, please contact Eva Magnisali (art@fabricationlab.london).

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