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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."
Building a dual-curved facade with pre-fabricated panels.
How Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, is shaping the maker movement—from his garage.
Popular Science full article here - The Maker King.
Chris Moor, Director of Industry Initiatives for the American Institute for Steel Construction, interviews George Jetson on the Fabricator of the Future.
Full interview here from the October 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction http://www.modernsteel.com/Uploads/Issues/October_2013/102013_product_expert.pdf
Matthias Kohler, Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, takes over the leadership of a National Centre of Competence in Research. He talks to ETH News about why it is so important that novel design and fabrication processes evolve and that such a research approach does not remain purely theoretical.
Fabricate 2014 will take place in February at ETH and is being organised by the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication of ETH Zurich in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
“Only a handful of months ago, this whole thing was only an idea, and at times what seemed like a really crazy idea,” said Autodesk president and CEO Carl Bass. “Now it is the envy of everybody’s workshops.”
The leader of the San Rafael, CA-based design software maker was speaking last week at the official opening his company’s newest facility, a state-of-the-art fabrication workshop on San Francisco’s Pier 9.
A stone’s throw from the new Exploratorium, the workshop is designed to serve as a showcase and idea laboratory for Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), while at the same time boosting efforts to bring more high-tech businesses to San Francisco’s historic Port district.
The 27,000-square-foot facility, which occupies the southern half of the pier, features a 3D printing lab, a fleet of huge computer-controlled rapid-prototyping machines, metal and wood shops, and office and conference space. It’s also the new home for Autodesk’s consumer products group, as well as an advanced research group in synthetic biology and nanotechnology.
Organised by the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication of ETH Zurich in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, FABRICATE 2014 is bringing together researchers and practitioners in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, material and software design.