The Fay Jones School of Architecture is inaugurating a new Advanced Digital Fabrication Lab [DFAB-LAB]  supporting new research and teaching initiatives directed by 21st C. Chair in Integrated Practice, assistant professor Santiago R. Pérez. The new lab will provide specialised computer-controlled machines for both small-scale protoyping and large-scale industrial fabrication of components in steel, wood, and experimental materials for architecture. The lab has been outfitted with a custom high-gantry, 5-Axis CNC mill and Steel Plasma Cutter, an innovative tool that will provide new opportunities for research and teaching.

[photo by Michelle Parks]

FABCRAFT will  inaugurate the opening of the DFAB-LAB with a series of workshops, culminating with an exhibition of work at the Bentonville sUgAR gallery.

The CELENTO / PEREZ STEELCRAFT workshop, FEB 17-19, will feature collaborative work by David Celento and S. Perez, utilizing CNC plasma cutting & 5-axis milling. The workshop will be held at the Government Avenue DFAB-LAB.

The PARAMETRIC CRAFT workshop, FEB 26-28, will feature DIGITAL FORM FINDING using parametric software [Rhino Grasshopper], coupled with KANGAROO, presented by Ronnie Parsons & Gil Akos of STUDIOMODE. Kangaroo is a “live physics engine for Rhino & Grasshopper. It embeds powerful mathematical models of real physical behaviour directly in Rhino’s 3D modelling environment; so designers can use it to integrate with and inform a design right from the very earliest stages.”

$50 per workshop students / $100 per workshop professionals
d. celento / s. perez steelcraft workshop [Full]
thursday 2.17 12:00 – 5:30 | friday 2.18 9:00 – 5:30 | saturday 2.19 9:00 – 5:30
location: DFAB LAB Government Ave, Fayetteville AR

g. akos / r. parsons studiomode workshop [Limited Seats Available]
saturday 2.26 9:00 – 5:30 | sunday 2.27 9:00 – 5:30 | monday 2.28 9:00 – 5:30
location: Fay Jones School of Architecture Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville AR

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The workshops will be followed by an exhibition of work in the Bentonville, Arkansas sUgAR Gallery, opening March 3.
For additional exhibit information, please contact the sUgAR gallery at (479) 273-5305 or visit http://art.uark.edu/resources/sugar.php

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