Welcome to FABRICATE 2017: ‘Rethinking Design andConstruction'. This is the third volume in a triennial seriesof conference publications that began with ‘Making DigitalArchitecture' in 2011 at The Bartlett School of Architecture,University College London. From these origins in one of theworld's leading cities for design excellence, in 2014 FABRICATEmoved to ETH in Zurich, a pioneering science and technologyuniversity, where its theme was ‘Negotiating Design andMaking'. In 2017, we are at the Institute for ComputationalDesign and Construction, University of Stuttgart, a worldrenownedresearch lab in design for construction, located inEurope's innovative and forward-thinking industrial heartland.
Each FABRICATE conference and book evolves from an opencall for ‘works in progress', with a submission deadline tenmonths prior to the conference. The call is designed to attractsubmissions from industry and practice as well as academia,and asks for an abstract on the trajectory of the work, includingwhere it will be by the time the conference takes place. Selectedprojects are then invited to resubmit full papers for a secondround. The conference theme emerges during this phase,while papers are also categorised into notional sub-themes.