Shape To Fabrication 2018




Shape To Fabrication is our popular biennial two-day AEC focused conference.

Shape to Fabrication looks to cutting-edge technology, innovative construction & applications in architecture, design, engineering & construction. 

2018 will see the 7th iteration of Shape to Fabrication and will feature projects and presentations from leading studios, innovators and makers.

  • Shape to Fabrication takes place on April 24 & 25th 2018
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  • Announcements on the STF7 line-up are coming soon
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From the STF archives:

Joseph Walsh Studio - Joseph Walsh & Miroslav Hlava

In 2016 Joseph Walsh and Miroslav Hlava presented for us on day two of STF6. The presentation focused on two projects in particular, The Verona Project and Magnus Celesti.

The Verona Project, commissioned for a medieval private chapel near Verona in Italy, focuses on the creation of two sculptural shelves, (each of which are almost 8m long) that will incorporate 14 tall glass oil lamps. 

The title, Magnus Celesti, derives from the Latin words Magnus (‘Large' / ‘Great') and Celesti (‘Heavenly’). This series of work presents an opportunity for Joseph Walsh to address the relationship between form and function, as well as the artists' challenge to encourage viewers to see and experience a piece from different perspectives.


Arup - James Griffith

At STF 6 James Griffith of Arup presented “If we could design a million buildings in our sleep…” - Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design. 

Automated manufacturing techniques have driven façade panels to myriad of complex shapes in recent years. This is particularly noticeable in glass, where curved or angular geometries are now commonplace in high profile projects. Such a transition requires engineers to not only have detailed knowledge of structures and materials, but also be able to develop digital tools to rapidly analyse and investigate schemes.

In this presentation, James Griffith explores and demonstrates the benefits of delivering this combination on recent glass projects in Arup. By developing detailed parametric structural analysis tools, rapid input to geometrical and materiality decisions can be provided at early stages of the design and incorporated into a full exploration of design options.


Michal Piasecki

Michal’s 2016 Shape to Fabrication presentation was divided between two of his long-term parametric projects: is a start-up with a mission to digitize the furniture industry. All of Tylko’s pieces are made on-demand with cnc machines. Parametric design with grasshopper is at the very center of the company. It enables data drive feedback and iterating products on a daily basis to optimize for users expectations as well as manufacturing and shipping conditions;

Microlattice series developed for Joris Laarman Studio contains three 3d printed chairs where functional conditions are addressed through parametric cells.



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