A diverse programme of exhibitions across the Barbican Centre curated in partnership with leading organisations, inviting delegates to discover some of the most innovative solutions to create more ecological cities and delve deeper into the themes explored in this edition of the summit.
The Great Exhibition
Foyer, Level G
Inspired by The Great Exhibition held in 1851 at Hyde Park in London, this exhibition presents a curated selection of ideas, designs and projects from some of the leading companies embracing ecological approaches to create more sustainable cities in the near future.
The Great Exhibition was the first in a series of World's Fairs to display the wonders of culture and industry from around the world that became popular in the 19th century. It was the first international exhibition of manufactured products and was enormously influential on the development of many aspects of society including art and design education, international trade and relations, and even tourism.
The Great Exhibition, interior view © Public domain
37%: ALTERNATIVE MATERIAL FUTURES
Conservatory and Terrace, Level 3
According to a recent research led by the United Nations, building and construction industries account for over 37% of energy and process-related CO2 emissions and around 34% of energy demand. Held at the iconic Barbican Conservatory, home to over 1,500 species of plants, this exhibition explores alternative materials and research presenting a more optimistic and positive future for the building sector.
From carbon-sequestering concrete to algae-based materials and insulation made of human hair, this exhibition presents prototypes and research developed by leading practitioners, academics and companies towards reducing greenhouse emissions and decarbonise the sector.
Crinkle-Crankle, an installation by AKT-II and Seratech, Imperial College London
RESOLVE COLLECTIVE: THEM'S THE BREAKS
The Curve, Level G (11.00 - 19.00h).
Open to the public
Resolve Collective is a London-based interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. With projects in the UK and beyond, they design with and for young people and under-represented groups in society.
For this installation, Resolve use technology more commonly found in structural engineering to allow visitors to "listen" to and visualise the Barbican's concrete fabric. Using the cracks, stresses and strains that naturally occur over time as a starting point, they work in collaboration to produce physical structures and events to explore alternative strategies for how we identify, consider, and manage the structural decline of our systems, institutions, and buildings.
© Resolve Collective / Barbican Centre
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