Exploring knowledge production that merges academic and practical work
The research project by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral candidate investigates a new construction method for creating thin concrete panels. The faceted formwork consists of two elements: a substructure and a lining, with the former made of a flexible wire mesh tracing the panel’s basic geometry and the latter made of a latex sheet determining the panel’s final form. The proposed method aims to reduce the weight of concrete molds and thus the amount of material used in construction. Additionally, the formwork is both reusable and recyclable. Furthermore, the research of Ephemeral Concrete explores potential applications of the proposed method – leading to modular façades with a unique and strong architectural expression.