Crease, Fold, Pour: Advancing Flexible Formwork

Published on May 19, 2015

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“Crease, Fold, Pour: Advancing Flexible Formwork with Digital Fabrication and Origami Folding” is an exploration into the processes of casting concrete within flexible formwork. Aided by digital fabrication tools and algorithmic modeling, their research proposes a new method of casting freeform reinforced concrete geometries with the use of folded thingauge plastics as semi-rigid formwork.

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The research seeks to expand the architectural discipline’s ongoing exploration of flexible formwork processes beyond the predominant membrane tectonic (non-rigid textiles) by incorporating methods of folding.

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The act of folding, often relegated to ornamental paper and origami, remains an underutilized tectonic operation in the architectural lexicon.

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Maciej Kaczynski

Project Team: Eric Pasche, Brandon Vieth, Lauren Bebry, Eric Meyer, Jason Prasad, Adam Smith

Additional support has been generously provided by: UM Office of the Vice President for Research 2012 Small Projects Grant; Lafarge Inc., BASF Corporation, Grace Construction, Sonics & Materials Inc.

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