Concrete: A Cultural History

Concrete: A Cultural History

Concrete polarizes opinion. Used almost universally in modern construction today, it is a material capable of provoking intense loathing as well as stirring passions. Its development can be traced as far back as Roman times. However, it was in the twentieth century that its full capabilities became realised. 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 - leapt beyond buildings into politics, film, literature and art.

RIBA hosts a discussion exploring the world’s most emotionally loaded material charting a global love/hate relationship 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’). Chaired by Adam Kaasa (RCA School of Architecture).

Part of a season of talks and events inspired by 'The Brutalist Playground'.

Booking required.

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Cite: "Concrete: A Cultural History" 06 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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