From Field to Form: An Introduction to Building with Plants and Earth

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From Field to Form: An Introduction to Building with Plants and Earth

February 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

From Field to Form is a series of events exploring the possibilities, life cycles, and architectural implications of plant- and earth-based materials.

Plant- and earth-based materials present an opportunity to reinvent what and how we build. From biogenic materials like straw, hemp, and bamboo to geogenic materials like mud and stone, the translation of renewable resources into building materials presents both design opportunities and logistical challenges.

These materials can significantly reduce buildings’ embodied carbon while eliminating the toxicity of petrochemical products. More generally, they hold the potential to expand the agency of architecture from field to form and back again.

The inaugural event of this series gathers six leading architects and researchers to discuss where we are now and what might be next for these long-overlooked materials.

The program will begin with a presentation by David J. Lewis, Paul Lewis, and Marc Tsurumaki on the architectural implications of biogenic and geogenic materials. Following their presentation, Lola Ben Alon, Mae-Ling Lokko, and Jonsara Ruth will each offer reflections on their own materials research. The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion and audience Q&A.

This event will not be live streamed.

Free for League members; $15 general admission.


February 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


Scholastic’s Big Red Auditorium
130 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012 United States
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