The Architectural Media Workshop is a major new Fabrication Lab project launched this year in collaboration with the influential international architecture and engineering practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
AMW ‘20 brings together the collective talent and energy of more than 300 of our undergraduate students of Architecture, and Architecture and Environmental Design, working co-operatively with the Lab Team as a transient virtual architecture office. Together we will explore, re-present, and celebrate nine key projects from the long and illustrious history of SOM, presenting the resulting work through a range of media including a web portal, social media, public exhibition, and a comprehensive book detailing the process through which it was developed and the outputs of its many contributors.
The project draws on all the diverse physical and digital media for investigating architectural design we have in the Fabrication Lab at the University of Westminster. We will introduce students to additive and subtractive manufacturing using lasers, CNC mills & routers, 3D printing and 5-axis robotic milling, as well as experimenting with emerging tools for digital representation including LiDAR scanning and virtual and augmented reality. We will share building information and the Lab’s digital workflows, experimenting with the use of digital tools as facilitators of the collective production of projects.
AMW ‘20 is already underway - you can follow daily progress as it happens through the Project Portal: FabricationLab.London/Teaching/AMW20.
There will be a Topping-Out Party for participants on Friday, 20th December from 18.00, and the project will culminate in a public exhibition hosted in the Lab, beginning with a Private View on Friday, 17th January, from 18.00. Selected outputs from the project will form part of a major exhibition of work by SOM opening in Ambika P3 in March.
Do please follow the project as it unfolds through the Project Portal and Instagram, or see it complete at the Public Exhibition in January.