February 2-6, 2010

TEX-FAB began in the summer of 2009 as a conversation on the development of regional organization which would link the largest metropolitan cities in Texas. With Brad Bell, Kevin McClellan and Andrew Vrana, TEX-FAB began by organizing the first yearly symposium with lectures and workshops. We all shared and were cultivating relationships with fabricators, academics, and professionals in the urban centers where we lived and our educational trajectories all started back with connections at Texas A&M twenty years prior. Over the following two decades, dialogue, and at times collaborative exploration, laid a framework that facilitated the formation of TEX-FAB. Held over three days, beginning with a Keynote lecture on Thursday night featuring Scott Marble, and continuing onto the workshop days on Saturday and Sunday, the event was successful drawing over 100 participants.

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Exhibition and Workshop images
Over two days, nearly 100 attendees participated in eight workshops held on the UTA campus. The events were sold out, with participants representing 12 states and six academic institutions. The sessions – taught by leading software developers, designers, and instructors in the field, including Marc Fornes, Andy Payne, Rajaa Issa, Andrew Vrana, 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 new parametric plug-in “Grasshopper.” Participants had a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most exciting developments in digital design process happening today.