Weird Science: On Polylactic Acid

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At times, supposedly sustainable solutions reveal peculiar contradictions. For architects and design educators, Polylactic Acid (PLA) has emerged as an accessible and sustainable material for prototyping. However, its popularity also reveals a tension between democratic access to “making” tools and the inevitable increase in waste these tools produce. This micronarrative traces a short history of the increasingly widespread 3D-printing material and critically reflects on its contemporary values and contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Architectural Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

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© 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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