18.08.2021 Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross
Carbon copies Exhibition (Material Cultures × MArch Unit 3)
For the past three decades mainstream architecture has been addressing our changing climate through reducing the thermal demands of new buildings. This has produced a massive high-tech industry based on energy reducing products, almost all of which are dependent on crude oil. Carbon copies interrogates this narrative by re-imagining iconic residential typologies using a low embodied energy palette. It explores bio-based construction materials that remain part of the decay life cycle, such as hemp, cork, and earth, as well as modes of construction where building parts return to the ground at the end of their life cycle.
10.10.2020 ETH Zurich Seminar Week
New Material Developments, What is Next?
To achieve the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions objective, and keep the global temperature increase to 1.5°C, the building sector needs to shift its goals towards carbon-negative construction materials. In the first talk of the seminar week, the studio invited Marlise Blaser (Elementwerk Istighofen), Katharina Lehmann (Blumer Lehman Holzbau), Summer Islam and Paloma Gormley (Material Culture) to discuss the future of construction materials.
10.10.2020 Building Centre
MASS Design and Arup on Material Provenance and the Climate Crisis.
For this evening’s lecture Kelly Alvarez Doran OAA of MASS Design Group and Richard Boyd MEng CEng MICE of Arup will be joined by Cécile Faraud, C40 and Paloma Gormley and Summer Islam of Material Cultures to discuss the relationships between material provenance, embodied energy, and immediate actions the building industry can take to address the Climate Crisis. Meeting the IPCC’s 2030 challenge requires a radical refocusing of our efforts towards embodied energy and material provenance.
2021 Material Cultures × SSAW Collective, Margent Farm
2021 Urban Cycles, HafenCity Universität Hamburg
2021 Circular, Healthy and Biophilic Solutions, Waste Build 21
2021 Summer Local Energy Hubs Conference, BEIS
2021 Non-Extractive Architecture, VAC Foundation
2021 Low Tech, Studio Tom Emerson, ETH Zurich
2021 Low Tech, RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects
2021 Sustainable Spatial Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
2021 Critical Regionalism, Bartlett, University College London
2021 Making Buildings Lecture: Flat House, Bartlett, UCL
2021 SSoA Climate Emergency Talk, Sheffield University
2020 What is Next? Studio Adam Caruso, ETH Zurich
2020 International Hemp Construction Symposium, I.H.B.A.
2020 Returning to The Future, Centre for Alternative Technology
2020 The Fundamentals, Central Saint Martins, UAL
2020 Innovation Lectures, London Metropolitan University
2020 Low Carbon Construction CPD, Jamie Fobert Architects
2020 Research at the edge of Nature and Technology, Fourth Door Research
2020 Material Provenance and the Climate Crisis, The Building Centre
2019 Low Tech Material, ARUP
2019 Material Cultures in Practice, Unit 8, London Metropolitan University
2019 Making in Practice, The Building Centre
2018 In Conversation with Jane Hall, Architectural Association
2017 Aino Aalto, Royal Academy
2016 The Psychology of Spaces, Architectural Association
Unit 15, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN