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Searching for Supplies

Ali Bar

The time has come.  I'm finally  at the point where I need to purchase materials for the models I'm building in my architecture studio.  So far  studio has been  mostly  drawing and research, and I've been spared  this expense.  There are a couple places on the East Side near the Cornell Studio to purchase supplies. In fact, A.I. Friedman  is  right across the street, which makes for convenience but the store tend s  to be a tad pricey on certain things.  Today, I went to Pearl's,  where I also used to buy supplies when I lived in South Florida, and managed to spend  only  $7 on bass wood dowels and metal tubes, both about an 1/8 inch  in  diameter.  I'll use these for some study models.   We are doing disaster relief projects . My case study is Chile and I'm working on designing an immediate deploy tent, a tent that is given out after a disaster (hurricane, earthquake) strikes.  Studio seems to be going well,  but  I'm quite terrified  of the building costs that lie ahead.  A partner and I have to build a 1:1 scale model  -- meaning life-size.  How expensive will this be??  Probably quite.  I'll keep you updated on crunching the numbers to make the model feasible.  As of now,  I don't know if that's possible.  I'll really need to research the best prices  and search for new sources rather than just settling on convenience.  I have a feeling I am going to be very broke as the semester continues. :(

If you know any places to get supplies for cheap (Miami or New York), PLEASE let me know!

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I ran into this problem all the time when I was in college. Try buying in bulk on eBay. You can also try seeing if there is a scrap place near you. Dick Blick has a bunch of supplies. For metal tubing, PVC, coppper, wire, etc--Lowes, Home Depot, and if you have a local hardware store that sells USED scraps or remnants. That was always the best value!!! If you enjoy yard sales or antique store junk bins, I used to keep a tub full of stuff I found at those types of places. For example, kite and tent kits have piping that is the same as the stuff you buy at Lowes (who cares if all the parts aren't there?! if you can get it for a quarter and use it for something else) and people who remodel are always letting go oddball things that are useful like half boxes of tile, carpet remnants, wood bits, etc. Always look in clearance sections too! People open packages all the time and I got tons of stuff that way!


HAHA I just wanted to clarify...I didn't open the packages, but other people did and then it was marked down a bunch cuz of missing parts lol. :)


Oh and if you can get around using the metal and wood...You can reinforce cardboard tubes, or visit a shipping store for sturdy cardboard pieces instead. Those are cheaper than the premium materials.

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Thanks for the tips.

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