Creativity Shines Through With EPS Foam!

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EPS, expanded polystyrene, has been around for over 50 years and its uses are endless. Packaging, foam cups, food containers, helmets, coolers, insulation, geofoam, lightweight props and set designs, just to name a few. In this interesting project, talented students from Temple University let the light shine on a whole new application of EPS.

Tyler School of Art architecture students have taken EPS to yet another level with an artistic twist. Professor Robert Trempe said that “the students are expected to learn about new techniques in full-scale architectural manufacturing including the translation of complex computational geometries and physical production employing CNC [Computer Numerical Control] technologies.” For their “Patterned Porosity” installation, students used CNC machines to carve intricate patterns out of EPS foam. The purpose of the project was not only to get students familiarized with the latest materials and technologies but also to reveal the “condition of light through a sequence of transformative patterns.” And what a remarkable result! Each window panel was designed by a different student, yet it all comes together as one impressive installation.


Tyler School of Art EPS Window Installation


Professor Trempe stresses the idea that architecture is so much more than just building code. There is enormous room for creativity. “[A]rchitects are passionate in the crafting of space and spatial experience,” Trempe states.

It is wonderful to see EPS flourishing in the modern world and being introduced to and embraced by younger generations. EPS is the epitome of well-roundedness, this project reiterating once again just how flexible this product can be. From packaging to civil engineering, art projects to architecture, the possibilities for EPS are never-ending.

*Please note that in the original article found at, they refer to the foam used as “Styrofoam”, but Styrofoam™ insulation is blue or pink in color and trademarked by Dow. The rigid white foam board is actually EPS, expanded polystyrene.


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This article was posted on May 23, 2013, by Insulation Corporation of America (ICA) – a Women-Owned manufacturer of Geofoam and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), which is commonly but mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam™. ICA is located in Allentown, PA and services the entire Mid-Atlantic Region from Virginia to Maine to Ohio.