Schmidt Hammer Lassen - SHL
Industrial PhD project /2008 – 2012/
schmidt hammer lassen architects’ doctoral student Anne-Mette Manelius defended her PhD dissertation at the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in July 2012.
The dissertation is titled Fabric Formwork – Investigations into Formwork Tectonics and Stereogeneity in Architectural Constructions. It has two volumes: the dissertation and ‘Experimental Data’, an extensive compilation of appendices with summaries of experiments made during the thesis work.
Fabric Formwork is a new construction method in which fabrics are used to support freshly poured concrete. Using membranes as formwork entails a direct expression of the principles and materials of construction. The project has a practical, experimental and theoretical emphasis on the relationship between the construction of the mold, the molding itself, and the expression of construction. In an architectural experimental practice (‘research through design’) the project has produced over 40 full-scale concrete objects, categorized key construction principles and techniques, and formulated architectural potentials of new materials, techniques and architectural expressions.
The collaboration between Anne Mette Manelius, schmidt hammer lassen architects and the contractor E. Pihl & Son has resulted in cutting edge knowledge and insight on new technologies, providing inspiration for current and future projects.
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