Welcome to the London Architecture Diary, your essential guide to architecture exhibitions and events taking place across the city, brought to you by New London Architecture.


02 February - 28 April
Organized by: The Built Environment Trust
The Building Centre
26 Store Street

The next industrial revolution is upon us. The way we envisage, create and build our cities and landscapes has not faced such rapid change in decades. And materials are shaping the movement.


Stronger, lighter, thinner and biodegradable properties are being discovered in materials that already exist, and in new laboratory-produced compounds. This new age of exploration is informing the supply and manufacture of products, and the design and construction of buildings and cities.


SuperMaterial is a major public exhibition by The Built Environment Trust celebrating the essential, and often hidden, elements of our surroundings. Delving into the world of academia and science, we identify the latest laboratory-based discoveries and demonstrate how they will change our world – informing the R&D departments of today and transforming the buildings of our future. The project will also explore how the historical application of raw elements and minimally processed goods – the ‘super materials’ of their time – have shaped our urban fabric.


Can buildings self-repair? Is graphene really a game-changer? Will electricity-generating materials save the planet? We will explore these questions and much more in SuperMaterial, an exhibition of material innovations that are effecting the ecology, budgets, safety and life-span of our buildings.


An extensive event programme supported by Trimo will accompany the show:


Building in glass Gijs Rikken, project lead, MVRDV’s Crystal Houses - 2 March 6.30pm


Silk violin recital - 3 March 1pm


Living architecture: can microorganisms help to build our cities and power them too? 7 March 6.30pm


Harder, lighter, faster, stronger: Experts explore how to push boundaries through material revolution - 14 March 6.30pm


Silk violin recital - 17 March 1pm


Why matter matters: Can the built environment better respond to material innovation? 23 March 6.30pm


The air we breathe: An exploration of how radical materials and building techniques can combat pollution - 20 April 6.30pm


From labs to prefabs: how are scientists, R&D departments, developers and designers working together to make our cities better? What are the materials and products of the future? 26 April 6.30pm


Image: Chris Tubbs