Of the thesis entitled: Reimagining Concrete: A Material First Design Approach
A material first design process uncovers and draws out the inherent capacity of materials through direct encounters. For eight months, I trained as a craftsman in an Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) concrete workshop. This fiber-reinforced concrete has a bending strength many times greater than ordinary Portland cement concrete. It can be cast in thin sections. Yet like ordinary concrete, it transforms from a formless solution to a man-made stone.
Working with my body and the senses I developed an intuitive knowledge of ECC’s capacity and techniques of concrete fabrication. I then applied my design training to find expressions that reveal the nature of ECC. I cast ECC on fabric forms, draped them onto supports in their plastic state, and watched as this fluid material hardened into stone.
The examining committee is as follows:
Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo
Heinz Koller, University of Waterloo
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:00pm in the loft
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.