7 July 2015

RIBA, London

Concrete polarizes opinion. Its development can be traced as far back as Roman times, however,it was in the twentieth century that its full capabilities became realised. This discussion explores the world’s most emotionally loaded material. Over the past 100 years architects and engineers have seized upon the possibilities of concrete enthusiastically. Its widespread use in almost all building types we experience has given it a significance and meaning that has – for better or worse – lept beyond buildings into politics, film, literature and art.

Chaired by Adam Kaasa (RCA School of Architecture) with Adrian Forty (Prof. Emeritus of Architectural History, The Bartlett & author of ‘Concrete and Culture – A Material History’), Elain Harwood (Historian with English Heritage & author of ‘Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945–1975)and William Hall (William Hall Design & author of ‘Concrete’).

Tricorn Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, Hampshire: detail of parking garage


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