Conference chair Ruth Slavid gives her view on why Materials 2017 is a must-attend event for architects
Ruth Slavid is a freelance architectural writer and consultant as well as author of seven books on architecture including three books on wood plus Extreme Architecture: Building for challenging environments (2009). The top architectural journalist and former editor of the Architects Journal who will be chairing the event’s conference, has demonstrated strong support for the event, explaining why architects should attend:
“I think it’s really important to have an event that focuses on materials. Architects, of course, talk about form, space, and light, but in order to create those you have to create them with the materials – whether they’re structural materials or the building envelope.”
Regarding the Materials 2017 conference programme Ruth said:
“There’s a really good line-up of speakers, a combination of practitioners and people from industries who are at the forefront of development. People like Andrew Waugh of Waugh-Thistleton who has really pioneered the use of CLT in building, and people like Tim Macfarlane who’s done some of the most innovative work in glass.
“We all know that knowledge is power, and knowledge about the best and newest materials will give architects the power to make the wisest and most imaginative choices in their designs. This should not only give them an edge when bidding for work; it should also help them to defend their designs and to ensure that the materials they specify are used, through the ability to explain just why they made the choices that they did. The result should be better, more beautiful and more effective buildings.”
Materials 2017 is the new conference and exhibition focused entirely on the cutting-edge of material solutions for architecture, construction, and design. It was conceived from the burning necessity for a nuanced perspective on building product specification and procurement.
In addition to showcasing striking aesthetic designs created with different materials, the conference and exhibition will explore functionalities of materials which extend beyond the visual. The emphasis on materials for structures, envelope, façades and finishes is testament to the fact that Materials 2017 adopts a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to architects’ needs.
About the event organisers
Materials 2017 is being launched from a collaboration between netMAGmedia Ltd and David Schindler, combining over 40 years of knowledge and experience within the construction sector. netMAGmedia Ltd’s key industry publications such as its flagship title, Architects’ Datafile (ADF), as well as other brands, serve as a powerful platform for the launch of Materials 2017. And Schindler has launched and headed up the world’s largest international real estate show, MIPIM, for Reed Exhibitions over 14 years.
This partnership of extensive industry-specific media experience and trade show expertise is sure to make Materials 2017 an invaluable event to add to the calendar. For more information visit www.materials2017.co.uk
Ruth worked for The Architects’ Journal for 15 years and prior to that wrote about the construction industry. Since becoming freelance in October 2008, she has written for a wide range of publications and organisations. She currently edits Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute, as well as writing regularly about architecture, construction, and lighting.
For enquiries regarding exhibiting or sponsoring please contact David Schindler at (+44) 07815 888800 or email david(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)materials2017.co.uk