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Material Concerns: A New Dilemma or Age-old Question?


Monday 20 October 2014
6.30 — 8pm

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Detail of Entrance Arch, Burlington House

Photo by Paul Highnam

Come and debate the current interest surrounding materials in architecture at the first event in our ‘Meaning in Material’ series.

A panel of speakers question whether the current interest in materials is simply the continuation of a long-standing position, or if it constitutes a shift in how and what materials represent within architecture.

Online booking has now closed, but tickets will be available on the door from 6pm this evening.


Adrian Forty (Professor of Architectural History at The Bartlett and author of ‘Concrete and Culture: A Material History’)

Katie Lloyd Thomas (Co-Director of Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC) and lecturer at the University of Newcastle)

Tom Coward (Director of AOC Architecture and tutor at London Metropolitan University)

Martin Westwood (artist and Lecturer at the Royal College of Art)

About the Series

Materials give architecture its form and substance, with implications on both conceptual and experiential levels. In what ways can a discussion about materials evolve and remain relevant today, particularly as ‘value engineering’ takes an ever-increasing role in building design and construction. How might this discussion be shaped by new developments in material technologies, or by emerging economic, environmental and cultural factors.

Artist, engineers, historians, theorists and architects consider these questions across a programme of salons, happenings and displays, to interrogate the contemporary relationship between architecture and materials.

Organised by the RA Architecture Programme in collaboration with P.E.A.R (Paper for Emerging Architectural Research).

See here for other events in our Meaning in Material series.

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Monday 20 October 2014

6.30 — 8pm

Burlington Gardens

£10. Concessions £5.