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  • Why we're looking to the Global South to guide construction materials research

    It’s always nice to receive an invitation to a talk – but especially on those rare occasions when you are asked to be on the stage rather than in the audience! Following an article I wrote in Materials World magazine,...

  • Design: detail and partnership

    This weekend I went back to a project that I worked on, as a Graduate Structural Engineer, over 20 years ago. It is local and public so I’ve been to it and through it and talked about it a lot....

  • Learning to love learning

    I've learnt so much in Bath - and not always what, where or when I expected it. The lunchtime research seminars are great for that - who knew plankton and bricks had so much in common?! And it is always...

  • An everyday tale of country folk - and everyday heroes

    I grew up on the edge of a village where the nearest neighbours were the junior school, the Scout hut and a herd of Friesan cows. It was the kind of village where small happenings were big news – the...

  • Clay Scientists of the world, unite!

    The 16th International Clays Conference (16ICC) began in the beautiful surroundings of the Carmen de los Martires, Granada, on a very balmy Sunday evening in July. This being my first major conference, I was unsure what to expect. Being the...

  • The Paris Agreement will succeed without the USA

    Alastair Marsh believes the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a reminder that populous, industrialising countries deserve more attention. To twist a common saying, there’s no USA in team. The USA has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement – an...

  • Live from the HIVE

    Some days experimental research is just adding data points to a developing time series but other days mark a turning point. Today is such a day Walls built; Mortar cured; Cavities closed; Time to turn on the taps! Well not...

  • The Destruction of Memory

    Why is architectural heritage targeted in war? And what can we do to protect it? Based on the book by architecture critic Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory reveals the destruction wrought by instances of cultural genocide across the world. Through exploring contemporary struggles, including the...

  • Passive House For All

    The 2017 international Passive House conference was set against a backdrop of reducing carbon emissions in Europe and the need to divest from fossil fuels to meet both national and local targets. Energy efficiency is key to this and passive...