Shape To Fabrication 2016




Shape To Fabrication is our popular biennial two day conference. It has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction and applications in architecture, design, engineering and construction. 
2016 saw the sixth iteration of Shape To Fabrication and featured projects and presentations from 


  • Steffen Riegas & Mikolaj Bazaczek - Herzog & de Meuron
  • Jorge Barrero & James Warton - HKS, Including HKS LINE
  • Roel van de Straat & James Griffith  - Arup 
  • Dr Al Fishcher & Wolf Mangelsdorf - Buro Happold
  • Brian Ringley - Woods Bagot
  • Cobus Bothma - KPF
  • McNeel, including Daniel Piker (Kangaroo), Luis Fraguada (Iris)
  • Jospeh Walsh & Miroslav Hlava - Joseph Walsh Studio
  • Michal Piasecki - Tylko
  • David Sweeney - Microsoft Research
  • Matthew Newberg - Chaos Group
  • Manja van de Worp - NOUS Engineering
  • Daghan Cam - Ai.Build
  • Luca Biselli - Sadler Brown Architecture
  • Francesc Salla - VisualARQ
  • Caroline Lundin - Sundae Architecture & Design Studio
  • Jon Mirtschin - Geometry Gym
  • Aleksandrina Rizova - Aleksa Studio
  • Emma-Kate Matthews - EKM Works


For full details on each presentation listed above you can visit the conference page of the Shape To Fabrication website.

Below we're pleased to be able to share recordings with you of three STF6 presentations:


Joseph Walsh Studio - Joseph Walsh & Miroslav Hlava

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

James Griffith, Arup. “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 presentation is 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.



You can visit the Shape To Fabrication website for more information on previous STF conferences and to join up to the STF Community!



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