You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

print article Print article

Fabricate 2014: Conference on digital Design and robotic Construction in Zurich

Fabricate 2014 is an international conference hosted by the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. Researchers and practitioners will explore and discuss the impact of digital design and fabrication processes on architecture, engineering, design, construction, manufacturing, software and material design. Fabricate 2014 is organized in cooperation with the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Conference Date: February 14 - 15, 2014  (all-day event)
Exhibition opening & book launch: February 14, 2014, 7 p.m., followed by an Apéro, entry is free and open to the public.
Exhibition: February 15 - 19, 2014
Location (all events): ETH Zurich, Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5 (formerly Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15), 8093 Zurich, HIL E3

Conference attendees may purchase tickets via

Benjamin Dillenburger , Michael Hansmeyer, (Computer Aided Architectural Design, Department of architecture, ETH Zurich), Front view of assembled grotto wall.

The occasion of Fabricate 2014 will also serve as a book launch for The Robotic Touch - How Robots Change Architecture (Park Books), the first anthology on the application of robotics in architecture and the chair's latest publication. Ranging from the robotically fabricated brick facade for the Gantenbein Vineyard and the design of robotically fabricated high-rises in Singapore to the employment of flying robots the book will feature a large selection of projects emerging at ETH Zurich since 2005. An exhibition with the same title will showcase over 1,000 physical exhibits and provide further glimpses into the "making" with robots.

Fabricate 2014 focuses on four topics: Challenging the Thresholds, Living Assemblies, Forming Machines und Material Exuberance. Keynote speakers are: Neil Gershenfeld, Mario Carpo, Achim Menges, Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael. Conference language is English.

For furter information and the complete program go to

Philippe Block (ETH Zurich ), Melonie Bayl-Smith (UTS, Sydney), Tim Schork (MADA, Melbourne), James Bellamy (ReVault), Dave Pigram (UTS, Sydney), MADA vault, Melbourne, Australia, 2013. (Photo: Peter Bennetts)
Joris Laarman ( Joris Laarman Lab), Saša Jokic´, Petr Novikov, Luis E. Fraguada , Areti Markopoulou (IAAC Barcelona), horizontally printed structure. (Image by courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab.)
Ammar Kalo, Michael Jake Newsum, Wes McGee, custom forming tool mounted on the six-axis robotic arm
Matthias Kohler und Fabio Gramazio
Mario Carpo
Achim Menges
Virginia San Fratello und Ronald Rael
Neil Gershenfeld

Current magazine

DETAIL 7+8/2017
Serial Construction, DETAIL 7+8/2017

Serial Construction

See magazine

Product teaser