The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood...
24 April 2018
Since the beginning and throughout twenty years, my architecture studio has been a space for reflection and action that’s born from a “tireless hope” of a better future. This lecture is going to focus on reinforced concrete as one of the experimental fields that I’ve worked...
We hone in on a tough topic: concrete – and its changing role in architecture. We ask about its future, tell a few little known stories about its brutalist past and mull over the revival of this most polarising of products.
Source by Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
Concrete: invented in the Roman era but seemingly modern, we talk about concrete with architects, urbanists, psychologists and academics. Does it drive us mad? How does it differ in Japan, Italy or Switzerland? And what are the prospects for a renaissance? Jan 31, 2013
Source by Monocle 24: The Urbanist
Lecture date: 2012-01-30
Architecture and Education Series organised by Mark Cousins
Almost three tons of concrete are produced every year for each man, woman and child on the planet. It is now second only to water in terms of human consumption. Yet how has the astonishing take-up of this new medium...
Panel 1 Participants:
Eric Höweler, moderator
Janet Adams Strong: “Continuity and Change: Fine-face Concrete in Physical Manifestation of I. M. Pei’s Approach to Architecture”
Annette Fierro: “Effective Depths: Transparent Domains”
Brett Schneider: “Early Tall Structures in Context”
Leslie Robertson: “Bank of China, Miho Museum and Bridge, and Other Projects”
A two-part symposium examining the work...
Lecture date: 2002-03-01
Construction techniques have undergone a fundamental change since the 1970s. Building components are no longer connected monolithically and thick insulation divides walls into a series of layers, resulting in the separation of external and internal elements. This signifies a major shift from the construction methods of classical...
An in-depth design and construction guide for architectural board formed concrete including detailed specifications for: the concrete mix, form construction, wall ties, wood type, concrete placement and special design considerations.
This is a new technique for 30X40 Design Workshop which we're excited to use on our Squid Cove Project here...
The project team behind the novel building technology «Mesh Mould» received the Swiss Technology Award 2016 in the category «Inventors». The award is Switzerland's most prestigious award for innovation and technology. «Mesh Mould» allows to build load-bearing concrete elements of any shape without formwork.
The unique architecture project "Smart Slab" combines the excellent structural properties of concrete with the geometric freedom of 3D printing. It allows for the creation of highly optimised building components with complex structural configuration out of concrete. The Smart Slab in DFAB HOUSE is the first full-scale architectural project...
Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC) is a continuous robotic slip-forming process that enables the prefabrication of material-optimised load-bearing concrete structures using a formwork significantly smaller than the structure produced.
Smart Dynamic Casting is a collaborative research project of Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, the Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich and...
The animation shows the In situ Fabricator assembling Mesh Mould, a digitally-controlled extrusion process of bespoke „leaking formwork“ elements for non-standard concrete structures that are environmentally sound and structurally lean, and that can be efficiently fabricated directly on the construction site.