MATERIALS FOR A POST CARBON-BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Paloma Gormley, MA (Cantab), is a founding Director of Material Cultures, a not-for-profit research organisation working at the intersection of post-carbon materials and contemporary construction technology. Her work is rooted in a creative pragmatism whilst drawing on new technologies and the integration of new materials.
Paloma Gormley co-runs ‘Construction in Detail’ in the Spatial Studies department at the University of the Arts London and has taught at the Bartlett, University College London and the London Metropolitan University.
On Open Architecture Day 2022, Paloma Gormley addresses the current, high energy and globally distributed material practices. These practices are not viable in the context of soaring oil costs, habitat degradation and rapid global heating, Gormley states. We need to radically reconstitute the priorities of the construction industry toward a post-carbon-built environment which centres on biogenic material technology. Doing so will require coordination across disciplines, innovative research and building new cultures of care. How do we build sustainably and how do materials respond to local and global climate conditions? What tools and opportunities do we (even) have? Material Cultures meets St-Gobain in a hands-on, material-oriented discussion.
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