Fabric Reinforced Concrete


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Made by: Lancelot Coar

Materials: concrete, fabric

Process:The invisible forces (of tension and compression) that move through all material structures are in fact curvilinear in nature, contrary to the rectilinear forms they are often contained by. This project examines the ways in which tensile reinforcing might more accurately follow the complex, yet predictable, forms of tensile force-flow as opposed to the overly generalized linear assembly of steel rebar commonly used in these structures.

The work shows a multi-level column and slab construction in which a pre-tensioned structural fabric is pulled into a form that follows the force-flow within the structure. The concrete (modeled in plaster) is then poured within the fabric form work, allowing the hydrostatic pressure to generate the desired form.