New Dimensions and Spatial Transformations in Concrete and Fabric Form: Concrete Casting in Fabric Form

By Regin Schwaen.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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This paper presents research and ideas on how to cast concrete in fabric form. It examines intersections between traditional casting and a new, more sustainable casting technology in fabric form. The main body of the paper is devoted to the design, construction, and process of casting concrete in fabric form and compares and seeks to measure the spatial possibilities of fabric form in relation to existing mold technologies. Furthermore the paper discusses the economic and environmental benefit of casting concrete in fabric form. The conclusion explores new dimensions, such as shape and texture when casting in fabric form, and how this can help architects in their design process for a more spatially intriguing and sustainable architecture.

Keywords: Concrete, Fabric Form, Casting Technology, Environmental Sustainability, Casting

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.67-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.021MB).

Regin Schwaen

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Regin Schwaen is an Associate Professor at North Dakota State University where he teaches and lectures in architecture in the Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. He moved to the US in 2000 after teaching architecture for 5 years at The Royal Academy in Copenhagen. He has received several prizes and honorable mentions in domestic and international competitions and participated in many exhibitions. In 2005 he was among the finalist with a proposal for the Mosaic Foundation in Washington DC. In 2003, in collaboration with Margarita McGrath, the proposal “Smile Island” for the lakeshore of Chicago was recognized as a Notable Design Scheme by the Graham Foundation. In 2002 he was exhibited and published in “The Secret of the Shadow – Light and Shadow in Architecture” at Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Regin Schwaen studied 2 years at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, 2 years in London, and began and finished his education at Arkitektskolen i Aarhus in Denmark. His research interests are in the area of minimal structures in concrete.