09 March 2017: CANDACE JONES (U. of Edinburgh)

Material drivers of institutional change

In this study, we inquire into how materials and aesthetic responses to material objects contribute to institutional change. We focus on the early legitimation of a new building material—concrete—from 1890 to 1939 in architecture. We find that concrete was legitimated initially by imitation of stone, a strategy that soon de-legitimated not only concrete but also stone. For concrete to become legitimate and begin diffusing, architects had to theorize concrete as a unique material with distinctive aesthetic possibilities, which led to new kinds of buildings and new architectural styles.

Don’t miss Candace’s interview, by our fabulous PhDs

Interview: Muhammad Imran and Lucie Cortambert.
Camera and editing: Joseph Tixier and Muhammad Imran.

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