Paper sigradi2013_286:
FluidScape: Research in Parametric Concrete Formwork

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id sigradi2013_286
authors Howe, Nathan
year 2013
title FluidScape: Research in Parametric Concrete Formwork
source SIGraDi 2013 [Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics - ISBN: 978-956-7051-86-1] Chile - Valparaíso 20 - 22 November 2013, pp. 405 - 409
summary Given the piecemeal nature of concrete formwork, the phenomenon of the monolithic result relies on elegant detailing, material choice, and formal continuity. Creating complex form out of concrete poses an intriguing problem, where these disparate constructive elements must be dynamic and flexible. This paper describes the design process from conception to prototyping for a public spray park competition project. The challenges inherent in the proposed forms included subtle reveals and ledges for water to flow down. Achieving the desired finish for the concrete requires a precise, digitally-generated form, particular materials and fabrication sequence. The project design and fabrication gives parametric control to Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) fabrication tools for an output of fluid form.
keywords Parametric; Digital fabrication; Scripting; Concrete; Formwork
series SIGraDi
email nhowe@ksu.edu
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