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Fabric Innovation and Material Responsibility in Architecture

Edited By

Tolya Stonorov

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ISBN 9780367686635
April 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 163 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

FABRIC[ated] examines fabric as a catalyst for innovation, reflection, change and transformation in architecture.

This book explores the ways in which research and development of fabric can, and historically has, influenced and revolutionized architecture, teaching and design. Responsive, flexible, impermanent, fluid and adaptive – fabric interacts with, and influences architecture, offering innovative solutions and increased material responsibility.  Foundation and theory chapters establish clear precedent and futures for fabric’s position in architectural discourse.  The case study section examines 14 international projects through three different threads: Veiling, Compression, and Tension. Case studies include a diverse range of projects from the HiLo unit at Nest and CAST’s fabric formed concrete projects to a discussion of the impact of fabric on SO-IL and Kennedy Violich Architect’s professional work, demonstrating new and fresh methods for addressing sustainability and social justice through the use of fabric in architecture. Through the work of the many authors of this book, we see fabric as drape, skin, veil, mold, concept and inspiration. Fabric, in its broadest definition, is an important and innovative material in the development of socially conscious architecture.  

Offering readers pedagogical and practical models for international projects highlighting fabric’s use in architecture, this book will appeal to the novice and the expert, architecture students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction;

Tolya Stonorov

2. The Philosophy of Fabric Innovation in Architecture

Christopher Bardt, RISD, Rhode Island, USA

3. Digital Fabrication and Fabric Innovation

Jane Scott, New Castle University, United Kingdom

4. The Sustainability of Tensile Structures

Timo Carl, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

5.The Art and Science of Fabric Forming;

Eleanor D’Aponte, Norwich University, USA

06 Case Studies: VEILING: Gender, Fabric and Woven Structures

Academic Inquiry

A. Seaming: The Fabrication of Keswa,

Emily Baker, University of Arkansas, Arkansas, USA

B. Translation: Female Garment to Architecture Studio

Tolya Stonorov, Norwich University School of Architecture + Art, Vermont, USA

C. Pipeline Resistance and Feminist Spatial Practice

Erin Moore, University of Oregon, USA

D. GEO|TEXTILES: Weaving Restoration Ecology and Cultural Narratives

Emily Vogler, RISD, Rhode Island, USA

E. Weaving a Home

Abeer Seikaly, Yale University, USA, Jordan, Japan

Professional Inquiry

F. Communal Architecture: A More Finely Calibrated Set of Relationships

An interview with Florian Idenburg, SO-IL Office Ltd., South Korea, Italy

7. Case Studies: COMPRESSION: Fabric Formed Concrete and Dense Applications

Academic Inquiry

A. Spacer Fabric Pavilion - Advanced 3D Textile Applications in Architecture

Johanna Beuscher, Claudia Lüling, Frankfurt UAS, Germany

B. Lightweight cable-net and fabric formwork system for the HiLo unit at NEST

Tom Van Mele, Junee Lee, Philippe Block, Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

C. The Flexible Way

Mark West, CAST, U of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology, Canada

Professional Inquiry

D. Joseph Sarafian and Ron Culver, Form-Finding the MARS Pavilion, USA

8. Case Studies: TENSION: Tensile Structures and Inflatables

Academic Inquiry

A. Fabric[ating] Act[ivat]ion

Antje Steinmuller, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA

B. Hollygrove Shade-Water Pavilion

Judith Kinnard, Irene Keil, Nicholas Jenisch, Tulane Small Center for Collaboration and Design, Louisiana, USA

Professional Inquiry

C. AirDraft

Thomas Randall-Page, Antepavillion Competition, London, UK

D. PATCHWORKS: A Report from Three Fabricated Futures

Frano Violich, Kennedy Violich Architects, Massachusetts USA


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Tolya Stonorov is a registered architect, Assistant Professor at Norwich University, Vermont, and co-founder of Stonorov Workshop, an architecture and building collaborative. She received an MArch from the University of California, Berkeley, and has practiced design-build since 2006. Among other honors, Stonorov was awarded the 2016 Vermont Women in Higher Education Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award; her work has been widely published.