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Material Reform: Building for a Post-Carbon Future
Amica Dall

Material Reform: Building for a Post-carbon Future

Material Reform: Building for a Post-carbon FutureMaterial Cultures
Material Reform: Building for a Post-Carbon Future

Co-authored by Amica Dall.
Texts by Paloma Gormley, Summer Islam and George Massoud.


144 Pages
110 x 180 mm
ISBN 9781913620813


This book, the first by the design and research practice Material Cultures, assembles a series of short essays and conversations exploring the cultures, systems, and infrastructures that shape the architectural industry and the de­structive ecologies it fosters. The building practices dominating contemporary architecture are rooted in the exploitation of people and the degradation of our landscapes. Here, Paloma Gormley, Summer Islam, and George Massoud explore how this has come about and how alternative systems, with holistic approaches to the built environment, might be formulated.

Material Reform presents a set of instructive and challenging perspectives drawing directly on the dialogues and tensions Material Cultures encounter in their day-to-day work. Texts centred around key concepts including labour, time, maintenance, language, land, and touch are interwoven with a visual essay reckoning with the processes that have transformed industrialised landscapes at different scales of experience and resolution. Through text and visuals, con­cepts and practice, this book explores how developing a direct relationship with materials can help us find new languages with the potential to supersede those we have inherited from a narrow lineage of authors. These discursive threads come together to form a vital sourcebook for rethinking our relationships to materials, land, and development, in all their crucial intersections.

About the Author
Amica Dall is a founding member of Assemble, a non-hierarchical collective whose work focuses on the social and material processes through which cities are made, producing architecture, art, urban design and research. Dall works across the practice leading much of Assemble’s research lead and interdisciplinary work. Amica is also a founding trustee of Baltic Street Adventure Playground and a trustee of Theatrum Mundi, an independent research charity founded out of LSE Cities in 2016. Her research interests include urban childhood, cultural Infrastructure and the social and political role of architecture.

About the Publisher
MACK is an independent art and photography publishing house based in London. Mack works with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, and cultural institutions, releasing between 20-25 books per year. The publisher was founded in 2010 in London by Michael Mack.

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