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dc.contributor.advisor Oliver, Douglas
dc.creatorKey, Scott Austin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-05T22:52:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-05T22:52:00Z
dc.date.created 2015-05
dc.date.issued 2015-04-14
dc.date.submitted May 2015
dc.identifier.citation Key, Scott Austin. "FOME: Broadening Chemical Architecture." (2015) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/88448.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/88448
dc.description.abstract In his essay, Chemical Architecture (Log 23), Greg Lynn writes that “[t]here is a sea change going on in the world of construction: the shift from assemblage to fusion. In material terms this translates into a shift from mechanical to chemical attachments. More simply, things are built without bolts, screws, nails, or pegs; instead, they are glued." Lynn's positing centers around composites and panels, however, such materials mimic in many ways the assemblages they replace and stops short of a truly chemical architecture. My project explores the implications of expanding foams in light of Lynn and broadens Chemical Architecture. It is a material that ignores the stick and sheet mentality. It is "not a chase toward new materials but toward a new aesthetic sensibility that has material, formal, typological, and spatial implications." Foam has a number of attributes that make it beneficial for this exploration. Foam sticks to itself, it sticks to other things, it expands into place and represents a form of pure poche. Foam, much like concrete is a material in need of formwork. Unlike concrete which needs to be supported on 5 sides, is incredibly heavy, and requires a high level of skill to work successfully, foam's light weight and adhesive nature allows for a large exploration of "formwork" types. My project utilizes pneumatics for formwork. The combination of pneumatic formwork and expanding foam allows for an architecture without seams, without orthogonality, without assemblages or composites.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectfoam
expanding foam
chemical architecture
Greg Lynn
pneumatic
inflatable
pneumatic formwork
inflatable formwork
spray foam,
dc.title FOME: Broadening Chemical Architecture
dc.contributor.committeeMember Colman, Scott
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wittenberg, Gordon
dc.date.updated 2016-02-05T22:52:00Z
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Architecture
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture


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