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FLEXIBLE FORMWORK


…and this is what happens when you wrap something which moves, specifically: Martha Graham. These still images from the dance ‘lamentation’ put me in mind of something which fabric formwork extraordinaire Mark West (founding director of C.A.S.T) mentioned at a recent Bartlett lecture – when discussing the formal characteristics of fabric formed concrete he said:

Fabric hallucinates its own forms

Not only does fabric formwork have the capacity to generate deceptively fluid looking concrete forms, it’s also a very simple and cheap way to construct large pieces of structure. As is suggested in the above images, large volumes can be easily contained by thin foldable membranes with minimal points of restriction, and the best thing about fabric – it’s flexible and can accommodate mobile occupants such as Martha Graham’s wobbly limbs and runny lumps of concrete!

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