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 creating of minimal waste, and a "let's see" approach to open-ended experimentation will guide this seminar.
This course is meant to support the PULP MC studio offered in Fall 2019.