Composites pavilion at AIA 2015

The American Composite Manufacturers Association’s Architectural Division and 20 member companies will showcase the latest in composite architectural products.

The 2015 AIA Convention, the annual conference of the American Institute of Architects (May 14-16; Atlanta, GA), will feature the second annual Composites Pavilion, which will have more than 20 composite related companies showcasing the latest in composite architectural products.

On display in the Composites Pavilion at the CompositeBuild.com booth #1723, is a featured project by Justin Diles, assistant professor of architecture at The Ohio State University, and winner of a two-stage international design competition organized by Tex-Fab and sponsored by Kreysler & Associates. The display is named The Plasticity Pavilion.

Diles’ project, Plastic Stereotomy, was selected from 70 entries received from 16 countries on six continents, according to the American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ArlingtonVA). The extension of previous research on complex geometric assemblies employing composites, the proposal specifically tests how plastic parts can be used to create a contemporary form of stereotomy. The final design creates an open room using 12 big, self-supporting and interlocking plastic parts that are light for their size.

The individual parts were shaped from expanded polystyrene foam blocks cut by a robot or a gantry-mounted 5-axis milling machine. The raw foam parts were protected with a resin primer and a layer of foil before being encased in a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite.

Construction of the full-scale elements was completed by Kreysler & Associates in American Canyon, CA in March of 2015. The pavilion was first exhibited at the University of Houston’s Hines College of Architecture as part of Tex-Fab’s 2015 symposium Plasticity.

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