Co-Founder: Form Found Design
Architect, Educator: Orange Coast College (Architectural Technology)
Exploration in robotically positioned, fabric formwork for concrete casting
Traditional rigid formwork has distinct disadvantages for casting complex geometry. The system we propose couples the precision of 6-axis robots with the flexibility of fabric which can adapt to virtually any shape when appropriately positioned prior to filling with casting materials.
Flexible fabric has natural form-found rather than explicit geometry. Lycra formwork produces a unique shape and texture. The amount of stretch (and rotation) leads to a series of variable results (bodies) between the fixed end points. Therefore this system not only creates accurately positioned geometries, it also allows for organic variation, texture and a natural unpredictability.
Our work was published in Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016, Springer 2016. The project was presented at the Robots in Architecture Conference in Sydney 2016.