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After Concrete: Redefining Materials and Energy in the Anthropocene

May 7, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

After Concrete: Redefining Materials and Energy in the Anthropocene

For over a hundred years, reinforced concrete has served as a paradigm of wonderous materiality: natural yet human-made, liquid yet permanent, technically specialized yet easy to use. But this myth is beginning to crack physically and conceptually.

As part of a multi-year research project, co-directed by Lucia Allais (Columbia GSAPP) and Forrest Meggers (Princeton), this event asks participants to rethink concrete historically and technically. Scholars, engineers and designers are invited to move the conversation from material dynamics to system dynamics, and from materials to energy and environment, by offering insights into sometimes obscure system processes–such as the carbonation of concrete. The goal is to situate not only concrete but all architectural materials into variously-scaled processes that are inherent in climate change, resource extraction, infrastructural development, energy policy, state planning, and ecological science and advocacy.

Presentations by On BarakLola Ben AlonDavid BenjaminNimrod BenZeevFelix HeiselAteya KhorakiwalaGabriel LeeReinhold MartinKiel MoeSophia Roosth, and Dan Steingart.


Free and open to the public. Virtual events hosted on Zoom Webinar do not require an account to attend, advanced registrations are encouraged.

GSAPP is committed to providing universal access to all of our virtual events. Please contact Lyla Catellier via email at events@arch.columbia.edu to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.



May 7
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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