DMA architects mentored two teams of architectural students designing and building pavilions for this year’s FAB FEST with one team winning two prizes.

Team Palmec Design placed third in both the Best Architecture and Best Use of Material categories. The team included University of Westminster architecture masters students Paresh Parmar, Mirabell Schmidt, Alistair Back house and Clarissa Evans and Queen’s University PhD student Elizabeth Gilligan and was mentored by DMA’s Valerio De Santis, Lawrence Rocha, Laurynas Deveikis and Andrea Cappiello. The pavilion’s design was modular – easy to assemble, disassemble and transport – and explored the possibilities of reoccupation of uninhabitable space and minimising of construction waste.

Team PoPo consisted of University of Westminster students Polina Bouli and Polina Novikova and was mentored by DMA’s Alex Hamilton, Anais Nievas, Kassym Ulykbanov and Robin Bentley. The design concept was for a meditation pavilion that references Islamic patterns and fractal mandalas to inspire meditation and serenity – a peaceful space for an individual user to escape busy city life.

FAB FEST International Fabrication Festival is a week-long celebration of design and making, featuring over 50 pavilions built by students of architecture from across the UK and around the world. This year’s festival was held at Ambika P3, Westminster’s Central London exhibition venue, with a two day public exhibition and party on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. Music, food and festivities were provided and there were prize-giving ceremonies for the winning teams.

The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Pop-up City’ and the brief called for students to design for the city of tomorrow. In a time of increasingly rapid change, with modern technological advances offering exciting new possibilities for people to interact with their world, the teams were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild to design for cities of the future, adapted to the emerging needs of their inhabitants. The teams had 3 months to design, fabricate and install their pavilions, and access to professional and academic mentors and the digital tools of University of Westminster’s Fab Lab to help realise their designs. The students could only use materials supplied by the Fabrication Lab, which they had to buy out of a fixed budget. As the nature of this pop-up city of pavilions is transient, these materials were all lightweight, recyclable and inexpensive – including cardboard and correx – and 98% of the card used will be recycled into new boards for next year’s festival.

For more information on the festival click here.