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Breaking the Mould           13:00-15:00

Vasily Sitnikov & Helena Westerlind & Annie-Locke Scherer

vasily.sitnikov@arch.kth.se helena.westerlind@arch.kth.se annie.locke.scherer@arch.kth.se

This course will investigate non-conventional casting methods to explore unexplored potentials of experimental casting. Concrete is the most used construction material in the world; however its architectural expression largely remains conditioned by rectangular rigidization of generic form work. Complex forms with differentiation and undercuts are expensive and sometimes impossible to fabricate and current modes of production are dominated by standardization that does not allow for experimentation or development of alternative production methods and.

The course will explore traditional and non-traditional methods of using concrete in architecture, questioning how novel methods of fabrication can result in new qualitative and aesthetic manifestations of cast concrete. It will further reflect on why this knowledge is helpful in respect to the development of architectural projects and design concepts.

To help students build up their critical statements, three technological frameworks will be offered:

  • Formless casting: investigating how to work with concrete without formwork (i.e. deposition) and working with various mixes that take a closer look at viscosity and mouldability during the curing time.
  • Soft formwork: the concept derives from the post-digital approach to architectural technologies.In this context the concept of soft form work tries to find a way to meet the latest ecological initiatives through critically reassessment of the established industrial standards and experimentation with non-conventional approaches.
  • Flexible formwork: exploring the realm of casting in fabric and other flexible materials and molds, expressing the rheology and flow of concrete, investigating the formal design implications and surface aesthetics of this casting technique