Designed by Arup and Jurgen Mayer H, the Metropol Parasol consists of six large timber parasols providing shade in the Plaza de Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. It is one of the largest timber structures built from a network of timber beams with the aid of digital design and fabrication. (Photo courtesy Hufton+Crow and the Green Architecture Building Report)
"A few years ago at a Green Building Summit convened by Greentech Media and SRI International, I met an interesting fellow named Greg Howes. He talked at a fast pace and was full of ideas. He introduced me to the world of robotic manufacturing and made a strong case for how technology could help us maximize the efficiencies and opportunities in designing and prefabricating buildings, which in turn save human, material, and energy resources during construction. Over the years, Greg has talked to me about garnering buy-in on the concept of digital fabrication from designers and educators. He also talked about his idea of creating a platform for gathering people to exchange ideas on how to use technology to make the design and construction processes more efficient and sustainable, and how digital fabrication can push the boundaries of design."