FAB FEST is all about collaboration and inclusion, and we will do our best to include as many participants as possible. We do though have limited space and resources. To avoid disappointment, please get you team together, propose an idea, and apply as soon as you can.
Registration and participation in FAB FEST is free of charge. This includes all the materials, machine time and support from the Fabrication Lab team, as well as access to all the events both in the design and festival phases of FAB FEST. This is made possible by the very generous sponsorship from the Quintin Hogg Trust and our commercial sponsors DS Smith and Hawthorn.
For international teams, registration and participation is free, but we charge £150 per person (in total) for seven nights accommodation in our Central London tower. (Note that this too is highly subsidised and this may be the last year that we can offer this to International participants.)
The most frequently asked question of all! It's a fabrication festival, and one of the aims is to show how an apparently simple material (like corrugated card) can be turned into wonderful components and architectural installations simply through innovative fabrication processes and the ingenuity of our talented participants. Apart from giving a material coherence to the festival as a whole, it will be much more interesting and challenging to see what you can do with the material selection on offer. There's not much you can't make out of card, correx etc. if you really put your mind to it.
We accept you may find it difficult to make a video projector out of cardboard. And if you're making a cardboard cinema, a projector might be an essential item. So we are also allowing each team a 'Wild Card' - a specialist item or prop that is outside the range of the advertised materials. Note the following criteria for use of the Wild Card:
- They are by prior agreement with the organisers only (please let us know what you have in mind first)
- They must be essential to the project and the pavilion concept
- It must be impossible to make the Wild Card out of card
- Only one Wild Card per team please
Some examples of Wild Cards currently in play:
- Video Projector
- Arduino Kit
- Recirculating pond pump
- DMX Lighting
Note that if the concept for you pavilion involves serving something (Ice-cream, Schnapps, Fruit cocktails etc.), the items you're serving do not count as your wild card.
We'd like you to be clear about what you intend to do with your pavilion as soon as you can, and for you to share this with us as well as the other teams. We need also to know your plans so that we can start to organise the pavilions in the festival space:
- A name for your pavilion - one that captures something of its identity
- A short description of its design intent and programme in no more than 50-150 words. You should describe what the pavilion offers festival-goers and how it fits within the Pop-up City, and roughly how this is going to be achieved. You need also to consider the site conditions it might need, so that we can do our best to accommodate you.
As essential as the concept for your pavilion, is an understanding of how you are going to make it in cardboard or one of the other materials on offer. The only way to learn about these properties and how you can use them is to experiment with different ways of working with the material. The material tests do not need to be too involved but should show how you intend to join the material and how you could build enough strength into the design (through folding, making modular units, jointing etc) to build structural elements that can support a 1-1 pavilion.
To document what you have done, and share it with the other teams, please submit a series of images no less than 1920 x 1080 pixels. Please (if possible!) take good quality images in landscape format (ideally 1080p) so that we can stitch them together into a short movie, to show in the festival. Graphic images of the strength of your design will work well. e.g. sit on it, and demonstrate that it doesn't collapse!
We are making a 1-20 model of P3 (2.5m long), and are going to use this to help plan out (and negotiate) the space for the festival. The next step will be to make pavilion models to put on the site. Detailed models would be great - but sketch or massing models will also work as a minimum. We will then put the site / pavilion models on display for OPEN 2017, the Department of Architecture Summer Show. We’ll use it to publicise the event before moving it into P3 for the festival. It will then serve as a guide for us when setting up, and for visitors on the festival day.
We aim to have the model complete for the 1st June. Please ensure your 1-20 models are with us for 10th June at the latest.
Some students may not be able to continue with the project for one reason or another. Others however have already said they want to join a team, but missed the registration. We may get a number wanting to join us after the final submissions of work. So we are setting up a ‘dating agency’ to deal with this. Please let us know if anyone has missing team members after the submissions, and we’ll do our best to bring on a sub for you.
You can always have a look at our website FABFEST.London or FabricationLab.London, if you still can not find an answer, each team will have their own Digital Fabrication Liaison assigned, so please contact them, and they will be happy to help you. Alternatively, you can come to the Podium Lab.
For our International Guests Only
Please always refer to FABFEST.London for the latest information about the festival. We’re updating it frequently, and you will find the latest news on our social media. Note though that the site and the brief generally is written for both local students here and for our international guests. I hope this doesn't cause too much confusion. We may have to make a few adjustments along the way for you, as you don’t have access to the site and the Lab until close to the event.
Just to confirm that all international guests will form their own self-contained teams - where we talk about mixing teams in the brief, it is only mixing students from Westminster with other Westminster students. In practice, some of the Westminster teams will also be working together as coherent groups they have formed themselves.
If you have not already done so (most of you have), then please ask the members of your team to complete the online registration form, being sure to include your University name in the relevant section. That way we will have a complete list of everyone who is participating.
As soon as you are able to! Registration for Westminster teams closed on April 5th. We know though that you already are coming as a coherent team, so it is not a problem if you take a bit longer to give us the names of your team members.
We have arranged with the University accommodation office for you to be able to book additional rooms within the University campuses and hostels for you and your team for the dates of the festival. It is all setup, but you will need to make the booking yourself.
We will shortly publish a simple template for you to access our machines remotely. If you can draw your curves on Rhino on the appropriate layers, then we should be able to facilitate you using our machines to cut the material for your pavilion. In particular, you will need to send us something simple first, that we can then run as a test. We will cut something, assemble it (as long as it is not too big or complicated) and then send you an image to see if it is what you expect. We can certainly give you feedback on whether joints are fitting etc. We will all need to be confident that the pavilion is going to work before we send many sheets to the machine to cut. If you are interested in taking us up on this offer, please look out for the template file, coming later this week. We will develop this idea as we go, and will help you as best we can.