Fabric formed concrete structures and architectural elements

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Fabric form work is a rapidly evolving technology that challenges the conventional approach to the production of concrete structures and elements. This paper presents the outcome of a prolonged series of studies. The technology and its expression is examined through a series of creative studios with senior architecture students and more detailed complimentary studies on structural behaviour. These studies include investigations into surface texture and finish, the design, development and construction of large-scale prototypes, beams, columns, walls and shells as well as the structural development and testing of form-active beams. Fabric form work is an effective and expressive technology, one that can be applied in a wide variety of applications. It demonstrates the characteristics of a disruptive technology, one that challenges the existing paradigm, in this case the predominance of rigid form work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationNew concepts, applications and challenges
EditorsPaulo J. Cruz
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781482224610
ISBN (Print)9780415661959
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2013
EventICSA 2013 Second International Conference on Structures and Architecture - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


ConferenceICSA 2013 Second International Conference on Structures and Architecture


  • concrete
  • fabric formwork
  • walls
  • panels
  • beams textiles

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