The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology is an architectural research laboratory that embraces both the poetic and technical dimensions of architectural design. The work of C.A.S.T. seeks new boundaries for creative thought, design, and building technology. We do this work through physical explorations of materials, tools and building methods, the study of natural law, and the free play of imagination (CAST brochure).
This web site provides information ranging from the educational philosophy of C.A.S.T., to the tools and equipment available in this unique architectural research laboratory and studio. We also include information about our invention and development of flexible fabric formworks. Descriptions and images of several research, design and construction projects with fabric-formed concrete are supplemented by specific articles on this subject.
The natural tension geometries given by formwork fabrics simplify the production of lightweight, high efficiency structural shapes. The formworks themselves are extraordinarily light and very inexpensive. [more...]
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture and its Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.) hosted the first conference ever held on the subject of flexible fabric membranes as formwork for concrete structures and architecture on May 16 – 19, 2008. [more...]