Case Studies

Defining, Thinking and Constructing with Plastic: A Case Study

Defining, Thinking and Constructing with Plastic– a material which is really thousands of materials – is inherently difficult. PMMA, PIR, PUR, PE are sanctioned acronyms obscuring long chemical names of performance driven materials which are everywhere in the architectural project, at every scale, varied in hardness, softness, form and performance.

From the ubiquitous polyethylene (PE) to the emerging ethylene-tetra-fluro-ethylene (ETFE) this seven chaptered website seeks to decode the relationship between architecture and plastic. Its resources, surrounded by technical fact, historical fact, and design concept, provide faculty and students of architecture a starting point for plastic deployment, interrogation and experimentation.

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Kendall Nicholson
Director of Research + Information