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The metaphysics of concrete

UCL Sound on March 23, 2012 11:49

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    UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The metaphysics of concrete

    Professor Adrian Forty (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)

    Date: 21st February 2012

    Almost three tons of concrete are produced every year for each man, woman and child on the planet. It is now second only to water in terms of human consumption. Yet how has the astonishing take-up of this new medium within little over a century been accommodated into our mental universe? While it has transformed the lives of many people, in Western countries it has been widely vilified, blamed for making everywhere look the same, and for erasing nature. Architects and engineers, although they have primary responsibility for 'interpreting' concrete, are not the only people to employ the medium, and many other occupations - politicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, churchmen - have made use of concrete for purposes of their own. The results are often contentious, and draw attention to the contradictions present in how we think about our physical surroundings.

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    • PeterTao
      PeterTao on August 02, 2012 10:55

      Deep and interesting, loving that.

    • taomankodude
      taomankodude on July 16, 2012 05:51

      Mindblowing presentation folks.

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    • jackie991
      jackie991 on April 20, 2012 11:02

      Another awesome presentation.

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