Shape to Fabrication 2016 was the 6th iteration of the 2-day conference.
Our international field of presenters included, Herzog & De Meuron, Woods Bagot, Buro Happold, Joseph Walsh Studio, Arup and Microsoft Research.
Day 1 commenced with Jorge Barrero (HKS) and James Warton (HKS Line) demonstrating how the development of fabrication technologies, including 3D printing, has enabled higher degrees of diversity and local customization. After lunch David Sweeney from Microsoft Research presented the ‘Disruptive Displays’ project which has been reimagining the display as a form of material rather than as an unyielding device. The day ended with Steffen Riegas and Mikolaj Bazaczek from Herzog & De Meuron’s Digitial Technologies team and an insight into their role as early VR adopters.
Day 2 started with a journey into interoperable workflows with Brian Ringley (Woods Bagot) and then we were treated to an entertaining presentation from Manja van de Worp who launched the consultancy NOUS Engineering London in 2013. A highlight of our afternoon session was a joint presentation from Joseph Walsh and Miroslav Hlava from the Joseph Walsh Studio – a studio consisting of master makers and design technicians who challenge existing practice in achieving the realization of ambitious pieces.
Shape to Fabrication 2016 was a fantastic 2-days of presentations, conversations and networking with the friendly Shape to Fab community. Old friends were reacquainted with and new friends made – we were left full of ideas and inspired for the next iteration of Shape to Fabrication – in 2018!