|Author||Achim Menges, Bob Sheil, and Ruairi Glynn|
Welcome to FABRICATE 2017: ‘Rethinking Design and Construction’. This is the third volume in a triennial series of conference publications that began with ‘Making Digital Architecture’ in 2011 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. From these origins in one of the world’s leading cities for design excellence, in 2014 FABRICATE moved to ETH in Zurich, a pioneering science and technology university, where its theme was ‘Negotiating Design and Making’. In 2017, we are at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart, a worldrenowned research lab in design for construction, located in Europe’s innovative and forward-thinking industrial heartland.
Each FABRICATE conference and book evolves from an open call for ‘works in progress’, with a submission deadline ten months prior to the conference. The call is designed to attract submissions from industry and practice as well as academia, and asks for an abstract on the trajectory of the work, including where it will be by the time the conference takes place. Selected projects are then invited to resubmit full papers for a second round. The conference theme emerges during this phase, while papers are also categorised into notional sub-themes.