August 31-September 16
In its 18th year, DLAB two-week program is taking place at the AA London HQ.
DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. The program continues to build on its expertise in complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. DLAB brings together a range of experts—tutors and lecturers—from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, the Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, amongst others.
The research generated at DLAB has been published in international media—ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler—and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulationin Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).
DLAB investigates the correlations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog modes of physical experimentation and prototype making. Each program cycle devises custom-made architectural processes by creating novel associations between conventional and contemporary design and fabrication techniques. The research culminates in designing and fabricating a one-to-one scale prototype realized by using robotic fabrication techniques to integrate form-finding, material computation, and structural performance.