innovation

The Materials conference and exhibition celebrates all that is new and innovative in the specification of building materials during all stages of architecture and construction, from structure to finishes.

The Materials event – which made it’s debut in London, April 2017 – was conceived from the burning necessity for a nuanced perspective on building product specification and procurement.

Sustainability, cost, life-cycle performance, thermal and acoustic efficiency, and the potential for re-use and recycling are just some of the variable characteristics which must be taken into account when choosing materials for a project. Materials delivers a transparent platform where construction professionals can gain confidence in their specification choices down to the last of these details.

In addition to showcasing striking aesthetic designs created with different materials, the conference and exhibition explore functionalities of materials which extend beyond the visual. The emphasis on materials for structures, envelope, façades and finishes is a testament to the fact that Materials adopts a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to architects’ needs.

MATERIALS EXPLORED

All of the major building materials will be explored: from innovative applications of traditional materials such as brick, stone and metal to advances in smart materials and composites, Materials 2018 aims to inform and inspire the specification process across the construction industry.

I think it’s really important to have an event that focuses on materials. Architects, of course, talk about form, space, and light, but in order to create those you have to create them with the materials – whether they’re structural materials or the building envelope.

RUTH SLAVID
MATERIALS 2017 CONFERENCE CHAIR

Materials are developing so fast in terms of innovation, sustainability, and performance, it is vital that materials specifiers have the best possible and most up-to-date information to guide their design, construction, and refurbishment techniques.

DAVID SCHINDLER
EVENT DIRECTOR

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MATERIALS
BRICK &
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CERAMICS
COMPOSITES
CONCRETE & AGGREGATE
GLASS
INSULATION
METALS
SMART MATERIALS
TIMBER
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ORGANISERS

Materials was launched in 2017 from a collaboration between netMAGmedia Ltd and David Schindler, combining over 40 years of knowledge and experience within the construction sector.

netMAGmedia Ltd has been publishing magazines for the built environment since 1990, including its flagship Architects’ Datafile plus Building Construction Design, Housebuilder & Developer, Housing Management & Maintenance and Selfbuilder & Homemaker. The five titles total a circulation of over 70,000 individuals. This magazine portfolio acts as a powerful platform for the launch of Materials 2017.

David Schindler started in B2B publishing and then launched and headed up the world’s largest international real estate show, MIPIM, for Reed Exhibitions over 14 years, and has since run events for Reuters, Solar Media, Investor Publishing and other media companies.