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Pablo Moyano

Pablo Moyano is an assistant professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has taught since 2005. He holds a professional degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design from Washington University, where he was awarded the AIA Medal for scholastic achievement and professional promise. Moyano has extensive experience in the field of architecture, developing his career in firms with a strong connection to construction. His teaching and research focus on the performative aspects of concrete. He has been awarded research and teaching grants for his work exploring concrete as a sustainable building material for innovative building applications at multiple scales. Moyano served as the faculty design leader for CRETE House, Team WashU’s entry for the 2017 Solar Decathlon; the project received second place in the competition’s architecture contest.
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Project Spotlight: Sequential Casting Concrete System

Sequential Casting Concrete System (SCCS) is an alternative casting method to conventional concrete formwork. This prototype casting system is based on jumpforming and minimizes the number and size of molds required for tall structures by sequencing the process. SCCS hybridizes vernacular methods of adobe construction with cutting-edge technologies and materials. In addition, SCCS capitalizes on the plasticity of UHPC to produce intricate geometries, and its high compressive and tensile strength to reduce the overall thickness and weight of the structure. As a result, the bearing wall is freed from limitations in its geometry and materialization using a simple load-bearing, low-cost, and non-skilled labor-dependent concrete construction system.

As proof of concept, eight SCCS mockups were built using small-scale molds fabricated with standard desktop 3D printers, and conventional wood frames made with interchangeable urethane inserts. The work was partially funded by a Creative Activity Research Grant from the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Project Spotlight: Slender Concrete Curtain (SCC)

Slender Concrete Curtain (SCC) is a project funded by a Creative Activity Research grant from Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. The overall goal is to advance investigations of concrete as a thin surface. SCC uses fabric as formwork and sprayed concrete reinforced with a fiberglass scrim (GFRC) a type of reinforcing that enables a drastic reduction the overall thickness of the piece while maintaining high compressive properties and gaining considerable flexural strength. This investigation pushes the material to its limits by creating a very thin layer of concrete, only ¼ inch thick. The outcomes of this research serves to evaluate the possible utilization of concrete in a variety of applications such as building envelopes and concrete furniture.