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Flexible formwork concepts make the free formabilityof concrete possible

New forms for precast concrete elements


With the organic and expressive vocabulary of forms in current architecture, concrete is presently enjoying a renaissance. Thanks to its innovative technical possibilities and working processes, new characteristics and manifestations are appearing. Two qualities of the material are thereby of fundamental importance. On the one hand it is the individual shaping of the surface and on the other the almost unlimited plastic formability of the total structure. Due to these developments, the formal and material-specific form is called into question again and already well-known tectonic specifications such as minimum thickness and flowability are redefined. Concrete simply has no material-specific form; it is redefined depending on the manufacturing process and can be purposefully controlled, both technically and visually.

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Martin Schroth Architekt M.A. (AAD)
architekturSTUDIO Martin Schroth Rothenburg
Digital Design Class,
State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
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CPi worldwide journals are trade journals for the concrete and precast concrete industry that are published in 10 different language editions in more than 170 countries. These trade journals, with their practical editorial reporting on research, production and applications, are specifically addressing the decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry.

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