The Formworker

Keith Milne, Remo Pedreschi, Linda Richardson

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The formworker is an ideal for concrete creation were roles are blurred and the process of forming and casting concrete is not segregated through its stages. The concept is borne out of innovative research in fabric formwork where cross pollination of skills and concepts from the tailoring, fashion and textile industries are combined in the construction of concrete forms. To fully fuel the adoption of fabric formwork in the industry, to transform it from a proven yet novel research technique to a universally accepted formwork method there is a necessity for collaborative thinking, joining up each phase of concrete’s construction, through design, formwork fabrication and casting. To that extent it is proposed that we need to consider a new skillset, the formworker, one who combines the knowledge of the complete process of concrete creation from design to final cast form, one who is not afraid to explore new technologies and methodologies. The paper presents an argument for acknowledging the role of the formworker through the evaluation of the methods and practices involved in exemplar research into fabric formwork.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018
EditorsCaitlin Mueller, Sigrid Adriaenssens
PublisherInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
Number of pages8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jul 2018
EventIASS 2018: Creativity in Structural Design - Boston, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201820 Oct 2018


SymposiumIASS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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  • IASS 2018

    Keith Milne (Speaker), Remo Pedreschi (Speaker) & Linda Richardson (Speaker)

    Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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