From Riverside Architectural Press con Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture
This is an intelligent exploration of the scope, diversity, and future of digital architecture. Fabricate brings together the work of designers, engineers and makers within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, and computation. Covering a cross-section of scales and typologies, Fabricate features 32 illustrated case studies of completed buildings, new works in progress, and the latest research in design and digital manufacturing. Practices included Foster+Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Arup, Buro Happold, Amanda Levette Architects, Ron Arad Associates, and the renowned institutions Delft, Harvard, MIT, The Bartlett, CITA, and the AA. As the scope and diversity of work shown here very clearly conveys, new protocols of engagement between the design and making of digital architecture offer disciplines on all sides the challenge to rethink fabrication as a design activity, and to question how the necessary expertise to master this field can be acquired.
Ruairi Glynn is an installation artist, curator and writer. He is Tutor of Architecture & Interaction Design at The Bartlett, UCL, Central Saint Martins, and UAL. Bob Sheil is Senior Lecturer & Director of Technology & Computing at The Bartlett. A founding partner in Sixteen (makers), an experimental practice/research group, he is also co-chair of FABRICATE, a conference on digital fabrication and design, hosted by The Bartlett in April 2011.