From Field to Form: Stone

A group of experts discuss the evolving potential of structural stone.

April 24, 2023

Recorded on March 15, 2023.

From Field to Form is a series of events exploring the possibilities, life cycles, and architectural implications of plant- and earth-based materials.

In this video, engineer Steve Webb and stonemason Pierre Bidaud share their research on stone as a contemporary structural material. They challenge the perception of stone as a heritage or luxury material, and emphasize its potential to play a large role in decarbonization and reducing embodied energy in built form. 

Their presentation is followed by a discussion with Jonah Wurzer-Kinsler, an environmental leader in the stone industry and a partner at Franken-Schotter GmbH & Co, Germany’s largest producer of limestone. 

The discussion, moderated by structural engineer Nat Oppenheimer, touches on questions of circularity, affordability, and scalability, including recycling stone from existing buildings, the use of stone in affordable housing, and sustainable quarrying practices.


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