S13_A306 CASTING workshop

casting samplesWHERE:
M&M, south side
WHEN:
2:00pm (Klaschen, Blender, Klymson, Park Studios).
4:00pm (Kearns, Johnson, Parente, Tinucci studios)
WHAT:
  – Mixing concrete from raw materials and pouring a variety of wall samples testing a variety of concrete recipes, forming techniques, and consolidation methods.
OBJECTIVES:
– 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
TOOLS:– 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.  

 

SCHEDULE:

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.  
CASTING:
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.

Assignment 1: Vessel

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“Vessel”

overview:
A high intensity full scale investigation of the material qualities and properties of concrete.

objectives:
– develop skills of concept modelling
– understand relationships between casts and molds
– develop skills fabricating formwork and casting concrete and learn to control the outcomes
– explore material expression with concrete
– develop conceptual thinking with structure and material

criteria:
Working in teams of 3 or 4, design and cast a full scale concrete vessel for water.  The vessel may simply contain water or it may process water in some way.  The vessel shall be sited within 100 yards of Crown Hall, shall be cast using no more than (2) 80lb bags of ‘quickcrete’ readi-mx concrete, and must be moveable, by you and your partners.  A base/support structure may be employed.

process:
Step 1:  Using oil-based modelling clay, model a minimum of 10 small constructs or maquettes of the vessel exploring various formal strategies.  Consider the various criteria of the vessel, keeping in mind the ultimate goal of being able to cast the final product.
Step 2:   After careful consideration and reviews within your studio, narrow-down your selection to one concept per team member.  Develop them further through iteration, and then test them by casting them in plaster or hydrocal for presentation within your studio.
Step 3:  Further develop a minimum of 3 or 4 versions of the vessel (based on the number of team members), by developing a three dimensional model of the vessel in Rhino.  Each team member should develop an iteration of the scheme, and should model both the formwork that will be used to cast the vessel and the vessel itself. Print out views of the formwork and vessel separately for presentation in class.
Step 4:  Construct the formwork at full scale, taking into consideration the forces that the casting process will impart, and cast the vessel at full scale using redi-mix concrete.

questions:
a.  how do you interact with the vessel vis-a-vis your hands, your feet, + your body?
b.  is the water in a single location or are there multiple areas for the water to reside?
c.  how is the water collected?  does it have a way to drain out?
d.  texture? color? pattern?
e.  what are the limitations of the concrete material?  How far can it be pushed?

deliverables:
A single full scale concrete casting of the vessel.
A photo/drawing  essay documenting the process: digital slideshow format 60 sec. in length.

S13 A306

Picture2Welcome back all!  Hope everyone had a great break and a happy new year celebration and is ready to go.  We will meet tomorrow afternoon at 1:50pm in the Tower Auditorium to kick off the semester.  Please pass this on so that everyone get’s the message.    It will be our first and hopefully last time in the Tower Auditorium this semester (as of last Thursday, the projector wasn’t working…), and I look forward to collectively bidding it farewell.    See you tomorrow.

Casting information needed

Chris has posted all the photos from the casting exercise to Flickr.  If you would, please review them to make sure yours has been included.  If not, please contact Chris so that you can have yours photographed and included in the publication we will generate.

Also, many of the samples do not have the necessary information regarding the mix design, the formwork design or the consolidation method.  This information is fundamental to the success of the workshop and exercise.  Without this information, we can’t systematically compare the results.  Please, review these photos and if your cast is missing information, please provide it to Chris by email or simply post comments to the images from within Flickr.  Either is acceptable.  Please do this promptly so that we can complete the book and get it into your hands for your use throughout the remainder of the semester.

 

CASTING workshop

What fun would a concrete semester be if we didn’t actually get to pour a little concrete and make a little mess?!?!

OBJECTIVES
– 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

TOOLS the following items will be needed for the workshop…
1.   Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
2. Warm clothes for walking around a construction site in the cold and snow
3.   Forming Materials – Just like in the ‘Concepting’ workshop, we are going to ask you to bring materials that you are interested in using to develop or alter the performance of concrete.  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.  Materials could include but are not limited to fabric, plastic, rubber, wood, etc.  One requirement – that your choice of material is based in either a strategy or agenda – and not a whim.  

SCHEDULE
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, one half will meet in Lower Core and the other half will meet on the south side of the Shop (M&M).  At 4:00pm, we will switch places.  The workshop will have 3 parts, and we will participate in all three phases over the course of the day at various times depending on where you start. 
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.  

part 1a – 2:00pm – LOWER CORE (studios: ISSA, KEARNS, TINUCCI – meet in Lower Core at 2pm)
Site Tour (weather permitting) – Bundle up and head outside to visit a nearby cast in place concrete construction site.  Just south of campus there is a multi-story cast in place residential building under construction with many conventional construction details that are easily viewed and understood.   

part 1b – LOWER CORE
Movies – Warm up and cozy up to the big screen with a cup of hot cocoa to enjoy a few videos that feature cast in place concrete construction.  

part 2 – 2:00pm – SHOP (M&M) (studios: BLENDER, BRAUCHER, KLASCHEN, SORRELL – meet in M&M, south side, 2pm)
Casting – 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 Monday, we will strip the formwork and review our handy work.  Each group who cast a wall form will be responsible for properly documenting their wall and surfaces.  On each face of the wall, using a permanent marker, we will document the mix specification and formwork specifications and take photo documentation to produce a portfolio of the results.