Step inside the Fab Lab

“The relationship between architecture and construction is basically changing because of advances in digital technology coming from construction and manufacturing,” explained Gil Snyder, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UWM. “Those changes are now part of architectural practice and design.”

Much of that new technology is housed in the school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab, which allows students to reproduce exact copies of historic building details, fine tune ideas for wall-fastening systems and test them in three dimensions, or check out how varied design configurations for a building panel might minimize the impact of pollution on an exterior wall.

Also known as the “Fab Lab,” there’s much more to explore in this state-of-the-art student design center.