M&M, south side
2:00pm (Klaschen, Blender, Klymson, Park Studios).
4:00pm (Kearns, Johnson, Parente, Tinucci studios)
– Mixing concrete from raw materials and pouring a variety of wall samples testing a variety of concrete recipes, forming techniques, and consolidation methods.
– to understand the material
– to begin to develop your intuition for how concrete performs
– to learn methods for forming concrete and achieving desired surface and material characteristics
– to begin to learn the craft of casting concrete
– to see examples of concrete construction
– the following items will be needed for the workshop…
1. Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty – really dirty.
2. Forming Materials – Consider a variety of methods and techniques for controlling/affecting the performance or appearance of concrete, and bring the necessary materials to test those hypothesis. We will be building small concrete wall forms and casting concrete using a variety of concrete mixes and a variety of forming materials. Bring any materials that you would be interested in lining the forms or casting with. Materials could include but are not limited to fabric, plastic, glass, rubber, wood, steel, etc. One requirement – that your choice of material is based in either a strategy or agenda – and not a whim.
Warning: This part will be the most complicated aspect of the workshop.
For the workshop, we will divide into two groups. At 2:00 pm, the studios listed above (Klaschen, Blender, Klymson, and Park) will meet on the south side of the shop (M&M), and the remaining studios will meet in studio to meet with your professors. At 4:00pm, we will switch places. Kearns, Johnson, Parente and Tinucci studios will move to M&M, and the others will meet in studio with your professors.
NOTE: Attendance will be taken in the form of safety signatures while in M&M. If we do not receive your signature tomorrow on the safety forms, you will be marked as having been absent for the day. As we have discussed, we take your safety in studio and in the shop very seriously. Please consult the shop safety procedures on the blog or consult any of us or consult John or anyone in the shop for assistance should you require it.
As a large group and in smaller teams, we will assemble as many small wall forms as possible and mix and cast a variety of concrete mixes as systematically as possible to create a large portfolio of concrete types and finishes. We will begin by building small wall forms of lumber (2x’s and plywood) and then lining the formwork with the variety of materials provided by you. We will then mix a variety of concrete types using a variety of ratios of sand, cement and stone to better understand the effect each of these materials have on the finished product, and finally cast the concrete into the wall forms. On Friday, we will strip the formwork and review our handy work. Each group who cast a wall form will be responsible for properly documenting their process. Accurate documentation of concrete mix, slump, casting technique, surface preparation and consolidation method will be required to be noted on each form and then on the edges of each concrete sample. On Friday, all forms should be properly stripped and properly disposed of, and all wall samples should be brought back to the west studio and placed along the west wall. Please do not remove your cast as the TA’s will be documenting the samples over the weekend.