This section provides architectural case studies that evidence the deployment of conventional and emerging plastic technologies across two legitimate, but often unpaired paradigms:

Plastic Paradigm One: Plastics exhibit unique material attributes, and as such provide the grounds for exploring structural, spatial, formal, aesthetic and performance invention and innovation in architecture.

Plastic Paradigm Two: Plastics are embedded as part of the systems of our buildings. They are products such as length of piping, rolls of rug underlayment, sheets of insulation board and rolls of vapor barrier. Architects routinely specify them as a highly functional, efficient and necessary part of a building envelope, slab or roof.

Each case study is structured to provide the context for design thinking and plastic making and is organized across the following five sections:

Section 1: Establishing the design problem

Section 2: The architects' design tactics

Section 3: Plastics found

Section 4: Plastics affiliated with building systems

Section 5: Plastics performance




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