Today we speak with Wes McGee, who is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and the Director of the FABLab at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, as well as co-chair of the upcoming Rob Arch 2014 conference, which covers all topics surrounding robotics in architecture.
Wes has been published and presented his work in numerous institutions around the world, and is a founding partner and senior designer in the studio Matter Design, which was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers in 2013. In short, Wes is a mover and shaker in the increasingly exciting and relevant intersection of design and advanced fabrication.
This two-parter GIANTS! post coincides with our coverage of the Rob Arch 2014 conference, which covers all things regarding robotics in architecture with our coverage of the Rob Arch 2014 conference, hosted by the University of Michigan’s Taubman College.
In the first portion of this walk we cover some of the general topics most relevant to DigiFab (which, for the uninitiated, is short for Digital Fabrication). We also discuss some of the exciting work that Wes has been doing recently, and parse out some of the terms used in this field.Whether you’re all about DigiFab, or merely interested in understanding where this stuff sits relative to the fields of architecture and design, this one is for you.
In the second half we get into the overarching focus of Wes’s work, and discuss the pedagogical and industrial implications of robotics. It’s an all around exciting (and slightly terrifying) look into the cutting edge of advanced fabrication that is growing in the world’s top architecture institutions.
That will do it for this portion of the two part GIANTS! interview with Wes McGee! As a reminder, Section Cut is one of only three media sponsors for the Rob Arch conference, so if you’re interested in hearing more about robotics in architecture, be sure to tune in next week and search #RobArch2014 on Twitter.