Due to a popular demand we have decided to re-launch the Installation category. If you wanted to participate at FAB FEST but never got time to think this through and apply, now is your chance to enter FAB FEST with a smaller design, even if you are a practicing architect. On this post we are covering what you need to know when designing a small pavilion or an installation.
This year in FAB FEST’18 we are focussing on understanding and exploring how digital can cities become. Recently we stumbled upon this brilliant research by ARUP, world leading engineering company, on technology development and the timeline of it. And you know what? It seems like the technology development is a lot faster than was expected. Arup has collected information from various industries that we think very much relate to the development of your ideas for FAB FEST. Have a look and let us know which one is your favourite, tag us in your story on Instagram (@fabfest.london)
Once you start exploring all the fabrication techniques that are available, you understand how wide the range of possibilities can be. At the Fabrication Lab we have the most common machines to facilitate most necessary strategies for digital fabrication. In this post we are reviewing what is the best fabrication strategy making the FAB FEST pavilion.
We decided that it is a good idea to share some of the best work from the past few years. We are starting a series of blog posts that will be highlighting and looking at the best examples from the FAB FEST’16 and FAB FEST’17. We will be covering the fabrication process of the pavilion, we will analyse the structure and concept. This series aims to inspire the FAB FEST’ers for the upcoming festival. The first on our ‘Spotlight’ series is ‘Snake’ that was built by the team from Chinese University, Hong Kong in 2017.
At the Fabrication Lab and FAB FEST we believe that future lies in self sufficient communities, that create and fabricate for their own needs. We are working hard to create an environment in our Fab Lab, to enable people to create and innovate. Our researchers have been digging out what other Fab Labs and similar initiatives have to say about the future of making. This is something interesting we found: FAB CITY.
A few months ago we were approached by the organisers of Digital Construction Week, an event that takes place annually in London. It is the biggest exhibition of its kind about disruptive technologies in construction and the architecture industry. The DCW team was really excited to hear about FAB FEST and its previous outcomes and expressed interest in making a collaboration between the two events. A team of researchers and designers from the Fabrication Lab held workshops involving students and staff. The outcomes of the workshops were very rewarding. We have discovered how much the two events relate and how much we can learn from each other. So we decided to share this diagram produced by the DCW team to give an overview of where the construction industry is progressing. We couldn’t miss how relevant it is for you guys, at the design and concept development stage of your projects. We recognize the potential of submitted concept developments for FAB FEST and we want to encourage you to explore this diagram and share your thoughts. Maybe the next revolutionary idea is ready to emerge and we have all the needed tools to accommodate it.
Have a look and let us know what you think. We are excited to explore these ideas with you during the festival.
Here is something you will love. At the Fabrication Lab we love dreaming and imagining the future. This is one of the reasons why FAB FEST was created. We get really excited about the opportunities and possibilities of the technologies developing very rapidly. So when we found this, it really blew our minds away. Just imagining what would it be like to live on one of those… What do you think? let us know what you think and tag us on your Insta stories.
More than ever, this year we have had a huge interest from the international teams from around the world. We are really excited to have such a rapidly growing community of FAB FEST’ers. Looking back to the first edition of the FAB FEST in 2016, we had 6 international teams from the USA, China and India. This year we have interest from more than 20 countries from Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Middle east. Check out the map to get a visual idea of how far FAB FEST is reaching out. It is liberating to know that in the few months time this many great minds from around the world will be under the one roof building their designs. We can’t wait to see you and your ideas to become a reality. Also, for those who haven’t had a chance to apply yet, but got really excited about participating, it is your time now! It is not too late.