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Architectural Models

Tangible Creative has extensive experience creating architectural models using FDM, SLS, and SLA 3D Printing methods.

Row 1: Project Ribbon: Reimagining Philadelphia International Terminal E

In Project Ribbon, the designers, Jasmine Gao and Tian Ouyang from University of Pennsylvania School of Design, are looking into the future with the help of Form and Force Diagram developed by Masoud Akbarzadeh. New forms can be generated through a different lens, and the results will be both structurally efficient and aesthetically appealing.


The current PHL Terminal E, as people may or may not know, was rated the worst airport in the U.S for multiple reasons: the dull spacial experience, poorly placed programs, indirect circulations etc. With this in mind, the designers tried to resolve the issues with an interweaving system: turn the airport into two parts, and merge them with an elegant flow.

The new PHL Terminal E, which they call it “The Ribbon“, features a spine that houses all the program space, and a gate system that engulfs the spine. Passengers will enjoy a direct transportation to the gates via the speed route system at the bottom, but can also take time to stop by the program. All they need to do is get of the belts and go upstairs.


After a series of test, the most agreeable form was sought out for this job, helping the designers arrive at the desired resolution. It brings together the best of two worlds: clear designation of spacial usage, and a form that is for this configuration and this configuration only.

Row 2: is an architectural model of 8777 Washington BLVD in Culver City, CA, created for Clarion Partners. The model was created using PLA and Resin on FDM and SLA printers.