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2013 Year in Review> Fabrikator Favorites
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FabriKator is a weekly newsletter written by AN product editor Emily Hooper. It is about digital fabrication projects. We spell fabricator with a K instead of a C for brand identification purposes, but if you squint it looks almost like the same word.

Utile Makes a Splash With Digitally Fabricated Pavilion in Boston

The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion roof channels rainwater for irrigation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

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Rojkind Arquitectos’ Mexican Treehouse

Francisco Saavedra fabricates a template to scale with large-format, Designjet printers from HP.


Sliced Benches at Harvard Great for Loafing

Seven design variations are applied across 17 custom wooden benches, fabricated by Mark Richey Woodworking.



Aidlin Darling’s Ribbed Canopy

With the help of Laser Alliance and Chris French Metal, Aidlin Darling Design crafted a hanging ceiling canopy composed of 180 wooden ribs.



Fallen Angels Rescued Parametrically

Classically trained sculptors breath new life into four 20-foot angels with the help of Rhino.



Kammetal Tops Off SOM’s 1 World Trade Center

Seven tons of glass and steel clad a structural stainless frame on the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building.



MAD Museum gets Out of Hand

A cross-section of postdigital design work illustrates the role of parametrics in the built environment.



LMN Architects’ Collaborative Sound Cloud

A system of 946 unique panels will produce optimal acoustics and aesthetics at the University of Iowa’s new School of Music.



Ellipses Collide in Mathematically-Inspired Installation at the University of Oregon

SubDivided provides a unifying element in Fenton Hall’s three-story atrium, tying each level together visually.



Allied Works and Arup Find Common Ground in SketchUp

Allied Works communicates with project collaborators Arup Daylighting via SketchUp plugins.



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