Concrete Quarterly magazine was first published in 1947 and this year marks its 70th anniversary. To celebrate, this autumn, The Concrete Centre, current publishers of the magazine, have created an exhibition and season of events at The Building Centre, Store Street, London. The activities reflect the magazine’s content, encompassing:  inspiration, vision and design guidance for concrete in architecture, engineering and design.

The Exhibition
The exhibition explores the social and architectural history of concrete architecture and engineering over the past 70 years, through a selection of images and editorial of iconic and interesting projects from the CQ archive.  Digital access to the entire archive will be provided and early original editions will be on display. Each month the contemporary section of the exhibition will be replaced with a new topic of focus. These include samples and guidance related to innovative and clever forms of concrete, guidance on achieving visual concrete and concrete engineering.

The exhibition runs from 4 August –  30 October 2017 in the Lower Ground Floor Gallery, The Building Centre, Store Street, London. It is free to attend, with a complimentary exhibition guide and magazine.

The Book
The Concrete Centre is also publishing a new book ‘The World Recast: 70 buildings from 70 years of Concrete Quarterly’ authored by Nick Jones. The book will be launched in the autumn and distributed globally by partnering publisher Artifice. To pre-order a copy, visit the Publications Library.


The Events

20th September – Concrete Quarterly Lecture
The work place, past and present: Centrepoint to White Collar Factory.
Rick Mather Architects provide a preview of the remodelling and refurbishment of Centrepoint to give this iconic concrete structure a new lease of life.
AHMM architects and AKTII present the design and collaboration behind the newly completed White Collar Factory office development at City Road – a new concept in work  place environment featuring exposed concrete, core cooling and smart technology. More details and booking.

3 October – Cafe Concrete @ Store Street
The event is a full day of free, back-to-back CPD sessions and exhibition, providing guidance and insight related to visual and innovative concrete. Delegates can stay for as many sessions as they like, with the formatting encouraging visitors to drop in or stay for a while. Last year Cafe Concrete @ Coin Street was attended by over 200 architects, engineers  and the wider project team and supply chain. More details and booking.

30 October – Housing Conference
The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry Alliance will run the 2017 Housing Conference at the Building Centre, Central London.
Last year the Resilient Housing Conference attracted an audience of over 80 construction professions in housing sector. It is a whole day event offering guidance, best practice and  debate on topics related to housing in UK. More details and booking.