WRAPPED UP IN TYVEK


In Scapegoat Issue 02: Materialism

This essay speculates on the obvious and obscure risks for a society that is quite literally wrapped in Tyvek.

Tyvek does not fit into any of architecture’s traditional material categories. It is neither ornament nor structure; as a “non-woven material, it has no place in Gottfried Semper’s four elements of architecture. Because it is un-categorized, or perhaps because it is unseen, it remains absent from disciplinary discourse and theoretical speculation. Irregardless of that fact, no other material embodies the complexity and ambivalence of contemporary building to degree that Tyvek does.