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Rethinking Concrete: Material Conventions in the Anthropocene

October 22, 2020 · 9:00 amOctober 23, 2020 · 2:00 pm · Zoom and Facebook

School of Architecture, Council on Science and Technology, Metropolis Project


Rethinking Concrete: Material Conventions in the Anthropocene, an interdisciplinary conference organized by Forrest Meggers (Architecture) and Lucia Allais (Columbia), will discuss new approaches to the lifespan, material dynamics, cultural history, and design potential of reinforced concrete. Once conceived as a quintessentially modernist material, a “liquid stone” that announced the arrival of an eternal present, reinforced concrete is in fact a highly dynamic technological system, subject to inevitable failure through carbonation and other processes. Speakers will problematize the material conventions embedded in reinforced concrete, and expose its role as a complex agent of the anthropocene.

Conversations and presentations among speakers from architecture, engineering, material science, conservation, and design will include Daniel Abramson, Sigrid Adriaenssens, Ueli Angst, Dorit Aviv, Philippe Block, Brandon Clifford, Aude-Line Dulière, Branko Glisic, Tsz Yan Ng, John Ochsendorf, Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, Antoine Picon, Sarah Nichols, Elisabeth Marie-Victoire, Claire White, Lola Ben-Alon, Erin Besler, and Jing Liu, among others.

Support provided by the Council on Science and Technology and the Metropolis Project at Princeton University.

See the full schedule here

The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria. Members of the AIA can log credits for this event by completing this form.

The lecture recording will be available on the SoA Vimeo channel following the event.

* Princeton SoA community will receive an email to register via Zoom.

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