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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