New London Architecture

Stone Works: Building a Sustainable Future


Thursday 19 October 2023
18:30 - 20:00

This evening talk will showcase the use of stone and timber as a sustainable material in modern construction, drawing from exemplary case studies across architecture, engineering and stonemasonry.
In this new age of sustainable construction, material properties are under pressure to perform on multiple levels to comply with green construction policies that aim to reduce carbon footprints and embody circularity. Modern buildings need to adopt materials that are sustainably sourced, renewable and have a long-life cycle. This has led to new thinking around the use of concrete and steel, which have been widely used since the 19th Century, but are now no longer the material of choice when complying to modern standards of construction. 
Stone and timber are materials that can be sourced locally, provide long lasting, durable and resistant construction that has a low impact on the environment. What are the biggest challenges of using these materials across construction, architecture and engineering? And what is stopping us replacing concrete and steel completely in our journey to net zero?
In this evening talk, we will be joined by architects, engineers and stonemasonry experts to discuss the above in more detail and showcase exemplary projects that demonstrate the huge potential of these materials. 

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Speaker biographies

Peter Murray OBE

Co-Founder, NLA

Pierre Bidaud

Creative Director, The Stonemasonry Company

Marlène Leroux

Architect, Archiplein

Jemima Finch-Darling

-, Paye Stonework & Restoration






The London Centre
3 Aldermanbury
London EC2V 7HH

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