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Fabric Formwork: A Critical Review of the Insitu Concrete Casting Process, Can Use of Fabric Formwork Contribute to a More Efficient and Sustainable Industry?

Part 1 Dissertation 2011
Alfie Hope
University of the West of England Bristol UK
“Concrete as an architectural and structural material has gone through many changes and evolutions in its development over the years, but probably none more dramatic than in the past decade. There is renewed interest in concrete’s plastic and aesthetic qualities in architecture today, helped and encouraged by the expressive way that British architects have exploited its self-finish quality and form with great success” (Bennett, D. 2007 p. iii).

The origins of fabric formwork are unclear. The idea of using fabric to form Concrete was realised as early as 1950 yet its use has not been significantly developed until recent years. This dissertation forms what is believed to be one of the first works of a comparative analysis between traditional and fabric formwork systems.

Alfie Hope

Tutor(s)
John Comparelli
2011
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