Concrete canvas: just add water!

Concrete canvas: just add water!

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Concrete is one of the top used materials that surround us everywhere we go, and basically is one of the nearest more ecological materials that can sustain solve most of construction issues and environmental concerns. Now concrete is a moist mix that is poured on forms to create the shape and size we desire. But what if this concrete mix is turned into a canvas roll? What are the possibilities towards a surface that only needs water in order to thicken and adjust, creating a surface similar to poured concrete?
I have found during my research hours Concrete Canvas, an award winning material for Index (2007 finalist) Material Connexion Medium award of 2009, Experts choice award of 2011 and more others. British creators, engineers Peter Brewin and William Crawford, found the need of helping towards security in countries with low resources of creating shelters for homeless people and military facilities, so they created this wonderful material while studying. The development is also a great material for civil works such as slope protection and swale design.
How to use it? Well this is simply thought as a thick sheet of concrete that when placed where desired, you just have to add water! It gets thinner, water proof and fire proof, no wonder is ideal for military applications. The roll measures 3 ft to 3’-6” wide and 2,000 sqft of area. The material consists of cement layered between fabric that can bond with water, backed by PVC.

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What other uses can we attribute this strong skin?
Well I had to keep on digging and I have encountered that you can also find this product as an inflatable packed house “shelter” that can be inhabited next day! Check out this video, the possibilities of creating hard surface inflatable shelters is beyond incredible! The fast pace life we have right now is gaining speed and in cases with such emergency such as Haiti’s disgrace, this is suddenly a useful idea to create shelters for people in need or suddenly immediate hospitals for trauma centers.

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Mabelle Plasencia

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• Architect | LEED AP BD+C, with an intense passion for materiality, innovation, technology and science. • Arquitecta | LEED AP BD+C apasionada por la materialidad, innovación, tecnología y ciencia.