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. . . .
book launch & discussion: “Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering,” with Michael BELL, William CARROLL, George MIDDLETON, Billie FAIRCLOTH, & Sylvia LAVIN.
6.00–8.00 p.m. / Center for Architecture
536 La Guardia Place
New York, NY 10012
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.
Permanent Change is the fourth book in the innovative series on materials and architecture, following Engineered Transparency, Solid States, and Post-Ductility.
This event takes place at the Center for Architecture located at 536 La Guardia Place, New York City.
Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID. [RSVP]
Oculus Book Talk with:
Michael Bell, Columbia University GSAPP
William Carroll, Occidental Chemical Corporation
George Middleton, AIA, George Middleton & Associates, Inc.
Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake
Sylvia Lavin, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design