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Low-Tech: Working creatively with nature, 20 April 2021

As the second talk in our Architecture Anew series, this event saw a panel of architects, artists, and designers discuss the new ways in which they have been working with natural materials and traditional technologies.

21 June 2021

For the second event in our Architecture Anew talk series, we brought people together to discuss new ideas about the role of architecture in designing a more sustainable future.

Have we been too quick to focus on the promise of new technologies and "smart cities" in facing the challenges arising from climate change? What are some of the different ways that we can incorporate technologies based on nature? This event brought together an interdisciplinary panel of practitioners committed to working creatively with natural local materials such as thatch, rammed earth, timber, and hemp.

Through short presentations and discussion, the speakers explored how low-tech ecological solutions based on traditional techniques could lead us closer to designing a more sustainable future.


Paloma Gormley, co-founder of Practice Architecture

Heather and Ivan Morison, Studio Morison

Jonathan Tuckey, Jonathan Tuckey Design

Kongjian Yu, Turenscape

Chaired by Hattie Hartman Hon FRIBA, Sustainability Editor at the Architects' Journal

Read the RIBAJ article on Studio Morison's latest installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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