How is digital fabrication changing our built environment? | Andrew Vrana | TEDxHouston

Over the last 5 years Andrew has lead a community of architects and designers exploring how digital fabrication is developing interesting new methods and ideas on how the build environment is designed. Through his work at Metalab, he has developed products and projects that leverage these methods with a community of manufacturing companies and individuals in Houston, the US and internationally.

Andrew Vrana is an architect, educator, entrepreneur and co-founder of the non-profit organization, TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance. He is principal at Metalab who specialize in architecture, product design and public art project management. The firm’s work has been recognized with the Architecture Magazine R&D Award, ID Magazine Consumer Product Award and the AAFAB Prize from the Architectural Association. He has been a regional leader in the discussion of how digital fabrication can not only augment contemporary design practice but also be driver of successful business strategies. TEX-FAB has explored for the past 5 years a series of thematic trajectories in digital fabrication that are salient to the technology, education and design audience. He is on the faculty at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston.

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