…A group of graduate students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London may have landed on a solution, stretching fabric over scaffolding, then pouring concrete into the twisted structures. For their masters-level research cluster, the students were tasked with concocting a project that considered “freehand self-production in the age of computational design.” By considering the possibilities of affordable materials, like sticks and concrete, they landed on a new building technique that allows fast and affordable creation of concrete structures that bear a remarkable resemblance to bones. Taken from a distance, it’d be easy to mistake the structures they produced for the dinosaur skeletons at the Museum of Natural History. Fittingly, the students are calling it Augmented Skin.
“By altering the size and density of the internal sticks, we can control the flexibility of the details,” group member Kazushi Miyamoto says. “Plus, this coated fabric mold does not need scaffolding. The cross-shape sticks situated in the fabric are able to make space for pouring concrete, and also become the reinforcement of the casting material.” It’s a low-cost technique, Miyamoto says, because all you need are wood sticks, fabric, concrete, and coating for casting, for which the group used PVA glue….
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