Things – Concrete Form[ing]work

by Annie Locke Scherer


Very gradually each invention came to be used for more purposes than those for which it was originally intended, and the standard by which its excellence and usefulness were judged was gradually raised. An external necessity thus demanded its improvement, and from this cause machinal ideas slowly crystallised themselves out, and gradually assumed forms so distinct that men could use them designedly in the solution of new problems. These attempts resulted in further improvements, and these in their turn led once more to new applications and more extended use.

(Reuleaux 1876: 231)

This image is a dissection of the parts of a whole. The traditional smocking that was a craft originating in the 1800s. Contrasted with the technology of parametric design and simulation. This is a list of the multi-layered components working together behind the seeming artistic facade of Concrete Forming[work]’s layers. Within the sinuous, flowing lines of fabric-formed concrete, there is a python script of pattern generation. End points of vertices of smocking lines. Tailored concrete mixes. Sliders. Kangaroo goals. Mesh vertices. Lists within lists. These work together to address the question of innovation, Darwin’s theory of natural selection of putting old structures to work in new ways.