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
The first University Research Laboratory dedicated to architectural and structural use of fabric formwork was established by the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture in 2002. The 510 square meter (5.600 ft2) Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) was specifically designed and constructed for this purpose, representing a $1.5 million investment in fabric formwork research infrastructure by government and private industry.
University research in fabric forming has expanded rapidly since the founding of CAST, with research now funded by industry and government research grants for Masters and Doctoral level theses in architectural and engineering schools internationally:
Mr. Rafaël Philips, Masters of Engineering Thesis on Textiles as Formwork for Concrete. Vrije Universiteit, Brussel.
Niki Cauberg, Technological advisor/researcher, WTCB - CSTC - BBRI, Brussels.
Professor Mark West, University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture (CAST), (fabric-cast columns, beams, trusses, panels, walls, vaults, thin-shells and sculpture)
PhD Engineering candidate Fariborz Hashemian dissertation on Structural Behavior of Variable Section Beams
Mr. Farhood Delijani, Masters Thesis on Strength Gains in Concrete Cast in Permeable Fabric Molds
Ms. Ann Miller, University of Toronto, Master of Architecture Thesis in Fabric-formed Structures, with Professor Brigitte Shim
Architects David Jolly and Miguel Equem, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño (full-scale fabric-cast concrete columns and beams for a Studio Building project in the "Open City", Ritoque, Chile.
Ms. Anna-Mette Manelius, Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, PhD Dissertation in Architecture on “Soft Concrete”
Professor Alan Chandler, University of East London (fabric-cast walls)
PhD candidate Kwang Guan Lee, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London
Dr. Tim Ibel and M.Eng thesis student John Bailiss University of Bath Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Gregor Zimmermann,D r. Ing, Universität Kassel / G.tecz Kassel, Development of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC). Website
Diederik Veenendaal, Delft University of Technology, Masters of Engineering Thesis on Optimized Geometries for Fabric-formed Beam Design
Arno Pronk, Assistant Professor, Building Technology, University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Frank Huijben. Arch, PhD researcher,University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Dr. Remo Pedrsechi, University of Edinburgh (fabric-cast panels, columns and beams)
PhD Architecture student Daniel Lee, dissertation on Fabric-formed T-beam Designs
Mr. Shuji Suzumori, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Master of Architecture Thesis in textile formwork
Robert Schmitz, RPS Structural Engineering, LLC , Brookfield, WI (fabric formwork deflections in precast concrete panel construction) http://www.fabric-formedconcrete.com
Students at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology discuss tensile forces in fabric formed beams and columns (CAST 2007)
Students prepare for compressive load testing of fabric formed beams (CAST 2007).