Concrete is the most used man-made material in the world and is the fundamental physical medium for most of the world’s architecture and construction. The character of concrete is largely the product of the rigid moulds that have shaped it since its invention in antiquity. The advent of flexible moulds, however, marks a radical break from conventional practice – and conventional concrete architecture. The Fabric Formwork Book provides the first comprehensive handbook on the emerging technology of flexible moulds for reinforced concrete architecture.
Written by the foremost expert in the field, this book takes a comprehensive and generous approach that includes technical, historical and theoretical aspects of the subject. The book:
Beautifully designed and illustrated with a superb range of images, diagrams and technical drawings, the book both informs and inspires. Speaking directly and plainly to professionals, students and academics, the language used is both clear and precise, and care is taken to avoid opaque technical or academic jargon. Technical terms, when used, are clearly described and a special glossary is included to make the book as widely accessible as possible.
Acknowledgements. List of Credits. Part 1: About Flexible Formworks Introduction. 1. On Flexibility 2. A History of Fabric Formwork Diederik Veenendaal 3. The Structural Intelligence of Flexible Materials Edward Allen, John Ochsendorf and Mark West Part 2: Construction Introduction. 4. Textiles 5. Concrete 6. Connections Mark West and Ronnie Araya 7. Tips and Tricks 8. Cast-in-Place Column Moulds 9. Cast-in-Place Wall Moulds 10. Open Trough Moulds 11. Non-Pressurized Moulds Mark West and Ronnie Araya 12. Truss and Branching Forms Glossary. Bibliography. Web Resources. Index