Architecture Schools Ban Styrene Models!

Styrene used to be a staple of architectural model making at Washington University's Graduate School of Architecture.  We would buy it wholesale and store the 4' x 8' floppy sheets clamped to the studio desks.  We would laser cut it with the fumes exhausting to our front door.  We glued it together with a solvent affectionately referred to as "poison".  We heat-gunned it to deform it's inherent plain.  We baked it in order to vacuum form it into shapes.  We sanded it to give it a velvety finish.  That perfect model was perfectly toxic.

Fortunately times, they have a-changed.  I hope my three and a half years studying architecture won't give me cancer (the cancer that was mentioned on the back of our "poison" metal jars).  And I hope younger generations of architects will not only find a healthier alternative to plastic models, but that they will use those models to create health buildings for the earth and it's inhabitants. 

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Plastic never goes away.

Plastic never goes away.

Plastic piles up in the environment.

Plastic spoils our groundwater.

Plastic poisons our food chain.

Plastic attracts other pollutants.

Plastic affects human health.

Plastic threatens wildlife.

Plastic costs billions to abate.

These are just a few of the facts on the Plastic Pollution Coalition's website

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