Permanent Change

Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

Michael Bell, Craig Buckley


     8.5 × 10.75 in (21.6 × 27.3 cm)
272 pages
180 color illustrations, 100 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891664

Almost every industry in the world has benefited from the invention of plastics, but it's 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 with 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 architecture
  • Includes works and essays by contemporary architects and educators such as Mark Wigley, Sylvia Lavin, Greg Lynn, Michael Graves, Chip Lord (Ant Farm), and Lebbeus Woods
  • The fourth book in the innovative Columbia University series on materials and architecture, following Engineered Transparency, Solid States, and Post-Ductility

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