February 10-13, 2011

TEX-FAB was held in Houston at the University of Houston College of Architecture from 2/10 - 2/13 2011 and incorporated the first Digital Fabrication competition as an exhibition component titled REPEAT. The installation of the winning project, “Minimal Complexity” by Vlad Tenu, formed the centerpiece of conversation in the atrium. Over the 4-days the symposium also saw the expansion of our speaker line-up. For the first time the formulation of the dialogue founded on our three primary tenants that frame TEX-FAB’s methods took hold and were implemented: Theoria (Lectures / Exhibitions), Poiesis (Workshops) and Praxis (Competitions / Commissions). As the three avenues which are not unique by themselves are here found collectively and distinctly organized in our region. It is when we survey our own context and examined the unique opportunities within the Texas and Southwest Region we see TEX-FAB filling a vital role in shaping the discourse. Branko Kolarevic, William Zahner, Patrick Hood-Daniel and Vlad Tenu's exhibition lecture formed a robust dialogue with a well attended symposium.

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Exhibition and Workshop images
Over 100 attendees participated in nine workshops held on the University of Houston campus. Sold out workshops with participants representing 8 states and eight academic institutions. The sessions – taught by leading software developers, designers, and instructors in the field, including Marc Fornes, Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos, Chris Lasch, Kevin McClellan, and Brad Bell – focused on the use of the NURBS modeling software Rhino. The sessions ranged from an introduction to a more advanced lesson that addressed issues of scripting, paneling, and the parametric plug-in Grasshopper.