ARC 550

ARC 550– Material Culture: Paper and Fiber Casting

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Course No.: 10261

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Parker – 24

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 11:00AM - 1:40PM

Faculty: Davidson


This technical methods seminar will focus on the “how-to” of paper and fiber casting, specifically for architectural and structural experiments at large scale. Students will learn about the material composition of various papers, manufacturing techniques, and analyze the structure of paper using microscopy. Orthodox methods for form-making using paper and fiber pulp will be taught as a basis for experimental fabrication approaches which students will do based on the direction of their studio projects. A work ethic involving resourcefulness, the creation of minimal waste and a “let’s see” approach to open-ended experimentation will guide the seminar.