• 13 January 2016
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Lecture Room, Paul Mellon Centre

The engineer Ove Arup once expressed astonishment at architects’ determination to use concrete, despite the fact that they knew next to nothing about it. The reasons for their insistence upon building with it, even when other materials would have been better, lay in concrete’s image as a ‘modern’ material – yet, by the 1930s, how ‘modern’ really was concrete? The talk is about the circumstances in which Connell Ward and Lucas, and other architects in the UK and elsewhere, chose to build in concrete in the 1930s and after.

All are welcome! However, places are limited, so if you would like to attend please contact our Events Manager, Ella Fleming on events@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

About the speaker

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    Adrian Forty is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is the author of Concrete and Culture, a Material History (2012).