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Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

Princeton Architectural Press

By Michael Bell and Craig Buckley, editors


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Almost every industry in the world has benefited
from the invention of plastics, but it is only in the
recent past that they have begun to be appreciated
as architectural materials in their own right. Plastics
are quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous
materials in construction and have the potential to
reshape the roles of architects and engineers, as well
as the construction industry at large. As a building
material, plastic allows for easily molded and formed
shapes, leading to increasingly malleable design
processes. Despite being the most deeply engineered
building materials today, plastics are still in the
nascent stages of understanding in terms of their
potential applications and uses. In Permanent Change
an interdisciplinary group of architects, historians,
theorists, and engineers collectively explore the past,
present, and future possibilities of this innovative
building material.

• A new generation of plastics is emerging as the
building material of choice for many architects
and designers

• The first book to look comprehensively at innovations
and advancements in plastics engineering and

• Includes works and essays by contemporary
architects and educators such as Michael Graves,
Sylvia Lavin, Chip Lord (Ant Farm), Greg Lynn,
Mark Wigley, and Lebbeus Woods

• The fourth book in the innovative Columbia
University series on materials and architecture,
following Engineered Transparency, Solid States,
and Post-Ductility

More Details

Size: 8.5 × 10.75 in;
Pages: 272 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2014
ISBN: 9781616891664
ISBN10: 1616891661