MSD Public Lecture: Material Reform

Summer Island Project


  • Public Lecture

About this event

A talk exploring the potential of a decarbonised built environment, explored through the work of London-based practice Material Cultures. Through the scale of the landscape, the building and the individual Material Cultures will make a case for new building practices that comprehensively engage with the impact that the built environment has on people, plants, and animals across the globe.

This lecture is part of the Design Studio E, Master of Architecture subject at the University of Melbourne. Moderated by Nancy Ji, Lecturer in Architectural Design.

About the speaker

Summer Islam AADipl (hons) ARB is a founding Director of Material Cultures, an architecture and research practice founded to bring together design, material research and strategic thinking to make meaningful progress towards a post-carbon built environment. Material Cultures recently co-authored Material Reform, a book which assembles a series of essays exploring the cultures, systems, and infrastructures that shape the architectural industry and the destructive ecologies it fosters. Summer has taught architecture at the London Metropolitan University, the Bartlett School of Architecture and Central St Martins. She is currently a doctoral student with the RIOT lab at EPFL, where her research explores the potential for a decarbonised built environment which prioritises ecosystems over industry.