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Last updated: 25 may 2015
International Society of Fabric Forming
Please submit your paper before 30 june, 2015



posted: 04-05-2015

ISOFF Membership




All those interested in any aspect of flexible forming from concrete to glass and looking for the most efficiently design, as well as those interested in the research into their behaviour, are welcome to become members of ISOFF. Please join with many others from around the world to enjoy the benefits of ISOFF membership, the annual fee is €30,-.

Click here to register as an ISOFF member



posted: 25-05-2015

ISOFF congress Finland February 2016 (Call for Papers)




In February 2016 there will be a ISOFF congress in Finland. On the 12th of February there will be a one-day congress in Tulikivi. On the 13th of February there will be the presentation of the Ice Bridge

The registration fee for the congress will be €150,-

Submission data for papers:
Submission abstract 30 November
Submission paper 15 January

There will be more information soon.

Ice bridge


posted: 22-04-2015

ISOFF Congress Program 2015




The ISOFF symposium starts on Sunday August the 16th and ends on Monday August the 17th.

Click here to register for the ISOFF Conference

Participants for the ISOFF symposium do not automatically have entrance to the full IASS symposium (click here for the IASS website) . If you would like to access the full IASS conference as an ISOFF member you will need to buy a IASS registration.

On Sunday there will be workshops and on Monday there will be lectures. On Monday there is a free exchange between IASS and ISOFF symposiums. If you participate in the IASS symposium and like to participate the ISOFF workshop on Sunday you can buy an additional workshop ticket by selecting one of the workshops (click here to register for the workshops).

ISOFF Program in cooperation with Tektoniek****

Sunday Morning in Muziekgebouw
08.30 Coffee
09.00 COST meeting Fabricformwork
10.00 ISOFF association meeting
10.30 Lecture, adjustable molding systems in the Netherlands. Sebastiaan Boers, Peter Eigenraam, Roel Schipper, Frank Huijben, Karel Vollers and Arno Pronk

Sunday afternoon in the Zoo*. (Artis)
12.30 Lunch
Workshop** ***
13.30 Workshop instruction: Peter Eigenraam, Roelschipper, Frank Huijben and Arno Pronk
14.00 Coen Smets about Tektoniek
15.00 Casting of elements
17.00 Casting of column with fabric formwork
18.00 Drinks

Monday in Muziekgebouw
08.30 IASS opening sessions
10.30 coffee break
11.00 Keynotes by Kenneth Snelson, Mike King, Laurent Ney
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Invited speaker Maria Blaisse, moving meshes
14.30 Technical sessions
16.00 Coffee break
16.30 Technical sessions
18.30 Reception (in cooperation with IASS)
20.30 (for ever) Young engineer's event (in cooperation with IASS)

Tuesday in Muziekgebouw
8.30 Key notes by: Tim Ibell, Werner Soback, Zwarts & Jansma
10.00 Coffee Break
10.30 Workshop results
11.30 Closing session

* All workshop participants have free entrance to the zoo.
** The workshop is included in the fee for ISOFF symposium participants.
*** The workshop fee for IASS symposium participants and Tektoniek is 100 euro.
**** Supported by Cement&BetonCentrum

Registration fee types Before 01-06-2015 (early bird) After 01-06-2015
ISOFF conference for ISOFF Member € 395,- € 425,-
ISOFF conference for Non ISOFF member € 445,- € 475,-
ISOFF conference for IASS participants free
Workshop for IASS participants € 100,-
Workshop for ISOFF participants free
Workshop for ISOFF members € 100,-
Workshop for Non members € 100,-



posted: 20-04-2015

ISOFF Workshops in cooperation with Tektoniek






There will be three different hands-on workshops on Sunday the 16th of August at Artis. All three focus on concrete, but with different techniques. The workshops are aimed to inspire you to use this novel manufacturing technology in your own future work. The day will start at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ with lectures and the actual workshop will take place at Artis Royal Zoo. See the program below for more information.

Sunday Morning in Muziekgebouw
08.30 Coffee
09.00 COST meeting Fabricformwork
10.00 ISOFF association meeting
10.30 Lecture, adjustable moulding systems in the Netherlands. Sebastiaan Boers, Peter Eigenraam, Roel Schipper, Frank Huijben, Karel Vollers and Arno Pronk

Sunday afternoon in the Zoo. (Artis)
12.30 Lunch
Workshop
13.30 Workshop instruction: Peter Eigenraam, Roelschipper, Frank Huijben and Arno Pronk
14.00 Coen Smets about Tektoniek
15.30 Casting of elements
17.00 Casting of column with fabric formwork
18.00 Drinks

Transportation: From Amsterdam Central Station take tram 9, which stops at Artis.

About Artis: Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and located in the city centre of Amsterdam. It was founded in 1838 by three wealthy citizens of Amsterdam. The full name of the zoo is Natura Artis Magistra, which means: nature is the teacher of art and science.

The cost for the workshop is €100,-.

Click here to sign up for one of the workshops.

Participants are able to enjoy the beauty of Artis during the workshops.

For the workshop participants need a working laptop with Rhinoceros (Rhino 5) and Grasshopper installed. There is no Wi-Fi available at the construction site.
Rhino 5 can be downloaded here (90 day trial)
Grasshopper can be downloaded here
Below are a few tutorials for Rhino in combination with Grasshopper.

Workshop 1 More information and registration on the IASS website



In the workshop by Roel Schipper and Peter Eigenraam participants will create a concrete structure with the use of a reuable flexible formwork. This construction method is much more beneficial than the traditional static mould. Participants will explore the recently devoloped mould by Roel Schipper and Peter Eigenraam of the Technical University of Delft Groups of four to five will create a concrete structure made of a few panels which will be manufactured with the use of the flexible mould.

Workshop1
Workshop1
Workshop1

Workshop 2 More information and registration on the IASS website



In the workshop by Frank Huijben participants will create a topology-optmised truss or a ribbed floor/sheel structure in concrete with the use of a vacuumatic mould. There are two types of approaches that can be chosen depending on the structural shape.
Approach 1: The vacuumatic mould will be shaped from an external solid object, which is essentially a mock-up of the intended shape. With this specific approach the vacuumatic mould functions as the counter mould to produce a concrete replica of the mock-up.
Approach 2: The vacuumatic mould will be shaped by making use of internal solid objects to facilitate the shaping and casting process, in addition to the core materials sand and plastic film. With this specific approach the vacuumatic mould functions as a more or less ‘traditional’ formwork onto or into which the concrete will be cast.

Workshop2
Workshop2
Workshop2

Workshop 3 More information and registration on the IASS website



In the workshop by Arno Pronk and Arjen Seffinga participants will create a recyclable temporary mould with the use of an adjustable mould. This construction method is much more beneficial than the traditional static mould. We will explore the recently devoloped mould by students of the Technical University of Eindhoven to create a temporarily polycarbonate mould. Groups of four will create a continues surface made of a few concrete elements. These elements will be casted using the temporary moulds of polycarbonate.

Workshop3
Workshop3
Workshop3
Giraffe
photo by Ronald van Weeren
Lion
photo by Ronald van Weeren
Lion
photo by Arno Pronk


posted: 20-04-2015

Keynote speaker Tim Ibel (tuesday)




Tim Ibel, born 1967, is the 2015 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is Associate Dean for Research at the University of Bath, UK, where he researches the use of fabric to form architecturally-interesting and structurally-efficient concrete structures. He has a passion for ensuring that structural engineering education places creativity at its heart, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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posted: 20-04-2015

Invited speaker Maria Blaisse (monday)




Maria Blaisse is an artist designer who works as a material scientist spending the last forty years discovering nature's structural systems. She has been creating designs since 1970. She taught textile design for seventeen years at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, starting in 1974, and is currently an international visiting professor. Starting in 1985 with the inner tube of a car tire (a toroid), she first made incisions on several parts of the rubber inner tube, and got fascinated on the endless potential emerging in form and movement. The field of possibilities between convex and concave shapes has inspired her ever since. She has been applying the 3 dimensional form and movement research ao into foam costumes for international fashion and dance performances.

Small-scale structure
In 2005 she started with a series diagonal gauze structures, and the same forms from the previous years emerged, small scale. She created one basic design system by which all forms can be constructed and each form has the potential to change form again. The form stays totally autonomous.

Large-scale structure
Three years later she translated her findings with the small-scale gauze structures to a larger scale, working with bamboo, and continued her research by improvising with dancers and musicians. In the film ‘moving meshes’ 3 forms, the toroid, the sphere and the oloid are each constantly changing form, and totally interactive with the body. While the structures are transforming, glimpses of possibilities are passing by for applications, in design, fashion and architecture.

Presently she is engaged in expanding one of her bamboo structures the oloid to the scale of architecture, with the Ketelfactory in Schiedam for the XL exhibition April 2016.

Visit the website of Maria Blaisse

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posted: 05-01-2015

ISOFF - International Society of Fabric Forming




In a world with increasingly scarce resources, flexible forming improves the efficiency of rigidizing materials like concrete, ice composite and glass, thereby allowing structures to be used more efficiently with a more sustainable production. The International Society of Flexible Forming is a multidisciplinary group of active researchers, (mechanical) engineers, architects, builders, artists and manufacturers aiming at sharing knowledge and experiences on flexible forming. Therefore we organize conferences, exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

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posted: 17-12-2014

Symposium venue




The symposium will take place on the waterfront of the IJ river, which runs through Amsterdam, at “Het Muziekgebouw” located within walking distance of major hotels and the historical-city of Amsterdam. The historical city of Amsterdam was founded around the year 1000 and is approved on the Unesco list of world heritage because of the famous canals, city planning and historical buildings. There are many hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and museums.

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International Society of Fabric Forming (ISOFF)

The Society's focus is: Improving communication between all participants: researchers, architects, manufacturers, distributors and concrete contractors;
Communicating to the world the commanding environmental benefits of fabric forming over rigid formwork;
Developing new and innovative fabric forming solutions.
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