FABRICATE 2020 [Virtual]
Within the context of global challenges on sustainable access to and deployment of advanced technology, the event will explore the future of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) through Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) with a distinct emphasis on Design.
Established at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2011, and after tours to ETH Zurich in 2014 and ICD/ITKE Stuttgart in 2017, the fourth triennial FABRICATE conference is being held online from 09–12 September 2020. For its 2020 iteration, two UCL Faculties, The Bartlett and UCL Engineering, are hosting the conference and have joined forces with two co-organizers: Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, New York; and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. FABRICATE 2020 is co-chaired by two world-leading experts in the fields of architecture and design; Associate Professor Jenny Sabin of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; and Professor Jane Burry, Dean, Design, Swinburne University of Technology.
The conference week will run live across four consecutive days as pre-recorded Webinars and live Q&A, with one session each day repeated for East and West audiences. The 2020 conference includes twenty presentations divided equally across the following themes:
- Wednesday, September 9: Bio-Materiality
- Thursday, September 10: Synthesising Design and Production
- Friday, September 11: Optimization for a Changing World
- Saturday, September 12: Polemical Performative Practice
Thursday's schedule includes a presentation by AAP assistant professors of architecture Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic titled Making Form Work — Experiments along the Grain of Concrete and Timber. Jenny Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and associate dean for design initiatives at AAP will present Embedded Architecture: Ada, Driven by Humans, Powered by AI on Saturday following AAP Dean Meejin Yoon's keynote lecture.
Embedded Architecture is coauthored by Associate Professor Jenny Sabin, John Hilla, Visiting Critic Dillon Pranger (M.Arch. '15), Clayton Binkley, and Jeremy Bilotti (B.Arch. '18).
FABRICATE 2020 will be hosted by Cornell on Zoom with interactive access for all existing tickets holders, presenters, partners, and hosts. And as tickets are no longer available, the event will also be live-streamed via Cornell’s Video On Demand platform to all guests who register.
Synthesising Design and Production
Optimization for a Changing World
Polemical Performative Practice
For more details on the conference, recordings, and full schedule, please visit fabricate.org.