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Liquid Stone: What did the Romans do for us?


Event schedule details

Sunday 19 June


Event location details

Performance Hall

Royal College of Music

Roman concrete has kept the secrets of its durability and strength for more than 2000 years. Modern concrete is merely 200 years old and already has to face sustainability challenges.

Exploring how antique concrete was invented and the current developments and challenges faced by building material science, architects (Cookies) and scientists from Imperial College London will discuss how antique heritage can inspire future science, and how life and living matter find a role in construction technology.

Liquid Stone is a collaboration between Imperial College London and architecture studio Cookies. At the crossroads of empirical exploration, participatory science and high level research, the project explores the intimate links between life, minerals, architecture and nature.

At the Great Exhibition Road Festival, Prof. Mary P. Ryan, Dr. Ifan Stephens and MRes student Chen Gong from Imperial College, Materials Department, together with architecture office Cookies (Alice Grégoire, Clément Périssé, Federico Martelli), will discuss their collaboration, experiments and findings.

With the support of Villa Medici, French Academy in Rome and Institut Français Royaume-Uni and the Higher education, research, innovation department of the French Embassy in London.

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Image: Chen Gong

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