International Society of Fabric Forming
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.
International Society of Fabric Forming (ISOFF) © 2014
Fabric forming uses a flexible textile membrane to form concrete in place of rigid forms such as lumber, plywood, steel and aluminum.
When wet concrete is contained by a tensile membrane, the fabric deflects into precise tension geometries. This produces efficient structural curves and extraordinary surface finishes.
As fabric is a pure tensile element without the neutral and compressive planes of rigid forms, dramatic efficiencies are obtained. Concrete is the world's most commonly used construction material. As the world's resources become increasingly scarce, the need for the efficiencies and material savings offered by fabric formworks is increasing.
Fabric forms can be used to form columns, walls, beams, slabs and panels in both precast and in-situ construction.
From a structural/architectural perspective, fabric formwork awakens concrete to its fluid origins, introducing new horizons for architectural form and structural expression.
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