STORIES ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY- MATERIAL PROVENANCE, MATTHEW HOWLAND AND OLIVER WILTON. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC PROGRAMME

2022

Project Role: Chair

Project Category: Event

I chaired this AA Public Programme event, which was part of the Stories about Sustainability series which presented ideas inspired by architecture, materials and history from around the world.

As a city built on clay and gravel, London has no native stones. So stone has always been a precious architectural commodity, with stones flowing into the capital for continuous use and re-use. 

For this talk in the Stories about Sustainability series, Matthew Barnett Howland and Oliver Wilton present a project for the temporary re-use of granite from Bazalgette’s river wall at Victoria Embankment at a series of locations in the City of London – From the Thames to Eternity. The stones are still youthful with a potential lifespan of several thousands of years, during which they could contribute to many architectures. This work questions the conventional understanding of components as subsidiary to buildings, and are discussed within the speakers’ broader interests in resource systems and architecture lifecycle.