April 13-15, 2012

The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted TEX-FAB 3 over three days in April 2012. Our goal of creating a regional dialogue on parametric design and digital fabrication was achieved after previous events in Dallas and Houston. Our goal to engage architectural and construction practice as well as design research brought speakers Ryan Welch, Jonathan Mallie and Jason Vollen from the notable offices of Kieran Timberlake, SHoP Construction and the Center for Architecture, Ecology and Science at RPI (CASE). The compelling work and unique methodologies of Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY were featured in his Keynote Lecture and in the workshop he led that investigated the power of scripting to explore and realize surface geometries composed of complex assemblies. For the first time we were joined by David Fano from CASE Inc., who expanded the range of software instruction to include the use of Revit as powerful parametric design tool. Students, faculty and professionals from across the region converged on San Antonio for a weekend of discourse, education and social conversation fostered by the efforts of TEX-FAB to align a global conversation with a local audience.

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Bringing together a leaders in the field to teach twelve workshops held at the UTSA Monterrey Building in downtown San Antonio. Sold out workshops with participants representing two countries, seven states and ten academic institutions. The sessions – taught by leading software developers, designers, and instructors in the field, including Marc Fornes, David Fano, Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos and Travis McCarra – 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 with the addition of Revit.