The Materials for Architecture exhibition returns 25 – 26 April, with innovation at its core and a finger on the pulse of materials in the construction sector.
The construction industry is fast evolving and materials are at the forefront of the movement. Tougher, lighter and more sustainable, Materials for Architecture explores the latest products and applications for the built environment.
The exhibition will combine a conference programme, exhibition, CPD seminars, material galleries and evening reception. Innovation will be a clear theme across every part of the event.
The conference programme presents a great selection of expert practitioners from the fields of architecture, academia and product design, and the two days will provide food for thought for professionals attending. There is a clear focus on how construction materials are being innovated to provide better buildings, from sustainable concrete to hardwood CLT, to smart materials whose properties change in use such as auxetic and phase-change materials.
Supertall timber: how to disrupt the construction sector with timber innovation over 80 storeys, takes place at 12:15pm on 26 April, with Kevin Flanagan, Partner at PLP Architecture, and Dr Michael Ramage, who leads the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, hosting a collaborative talk on their 80-storey, 300 metre-high mass timber and CLT tower concept for London’s Barbican – Oakwood Tower.
Speakers have also been confirmed from architectural practices dRMM, Studio Seilern Architects, and HTA Design plus engineering practices, Buro Happold and Ramboll. In addition, there will be speaking contributions from top universities, manufacturers, and industry associations.
A diverse pool of exhibitors across an array of material typologies have been confirmed including: Akzo Nobel, Aggregate Industries, Envirograf, and Maria Gasparian Studio.
Other additions to the floorplan are an Innovation Zone comprising of smaller, more niche product manufacturers, and tactile materials display areas, all designed to provide you, the construction professional, with optimal knowledge and insight to inform your specification choices.
Those attending the event will be able to gain valuable insights on how to apply the latest thinking to materials for architecture, and are guaranteed to come away with inspiration for their projects.
Materials for Architecture
25 – 26 April
ILEC Conference Centre