Tex-Fab 2015 - The Cutting Edge

Tex-Fab 2015 – The Cutting Edge

Tex-Fab 2015 (aka The Tex-Fab Event) will take place on March 26-29, 2015, hosted by the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, featuring a symposium, workshops, and more surrounding the theme of Plasticity. This sixth edition of Tex-Fab picks up the theme of Plasticity from Tex-Fab’s recent design competition.   The winning project, entitled Plastic Stereotomy, was designed by Justin Diles, and is being fabricated by Kreysler and Associates (sponsor of this blog). It will be on display at Tex-Feb a month from now.  The keynote will be delivered by a leading voice in the use of 3D printing in construction using alternative materials, Ronald Rael.

Tex-Fab is “an international organization based in Texas fostering and promoting the use of digital fabrication and parametric design within architecture and its related fields.”  Their event is focusing on very cutting edge stuff. Admittedly, on the global scale, most uses of composites in building construction are unusual, and may be considered cutting edge,.  But that only suggests that the Tex-Fab event is the cutting edge of the cutting edge.

Ronald Rael, the keynote speaker, is CEO and co-founder of the start-up company, Emerging Objects— a pioneering, creatively driven, MAKE-tank at the forefront of 3D printing architecture using innovative materials. He is a partner (with Virginia San Fratello) of the creative practice, Rael San Fratello. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice where he is the Director of the PrintFARM — a printing facility for architecture, research and materials.

William Kreysler, president of Kreysler and Associates, will also speak about digital fabrication and its application to architecture. Kreysler and Associates is a consultant and fabricator with a portfolio of architectural and sculptural projects that span a broad range, from historical restoration all the way to the unique, only-existed-in-the-computer shapes of blobistic modern architecture. K&A’s most recent project is the 10-story facade for the new expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), set to open this spring.

Competition winner Justin Diles will be there. Diles is Assistant Professor at The Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, where he previously held the Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship. He previously taught at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna in the studio of Greg Lynn and at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in the post-professional program.

Architect and computational designer Andrew Payne of Case, Inc., will speak on the trajectory of tool making and its impact on the field of design.

Registration is open, and early bird pricing ends March 9.


From the Tex-Fab Website:

Plasticity will be discussed as a conceptual and material process at three different scales from 3D printing multi-materials to fabricating lightweight structures and entire facades out of composites. Registration is required for attendance. Discounted rate is offered to Professionals who will also be attending a Workshop, FREE for students.

A series of parametric design and digital fabrication workshops will be conducted by industry leaders using software platforms from Rhino with Grasshopper to Revit with Dynamo plugins.