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Inspired by the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on “Re-materializing …
Forum 2019 – The Materials Book: Re-materializing Construction – Cairo (Ruby Press)
2nd Edition


Inspired by the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on “Re-materializing Construction” held in Cairo, Egypt in 2019 – The Materials Book is published by Ruby Press in Berlin, Germany. The 400-page book offers essays, case studies, and a catalog of building materials and resources that are environmentally mindful and socially responsible. The contributions by more than 60 architects, engineers, and scientists from around the world aim to accelerate the creation of a more sustainable built environment.

The approaches documented range from centuries-old traditions to newly developed biomaterials, from low-tech, artisanal methods to advanced digital technologies, from incremental shifts to massive, top-down changes. There’s no single solution, no silver bullet, but rather a palette of ideas that, taken together, can serve as a guidebook for those who want to build in a better way – not in some distant future, but right now.

The Materials Book was enabled by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Created in 2003, the Foundation raises awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future. It is an initiative of LafargeHolcim, and expresses its commitment to sustainable development.

Bibliographic details

The Materials Book 
Ilka Ruby & Andreas Ruby (eds)
2nd edition - Berlin, Ruby Press, 2021.
[1st edition - Berlin, Ruby Press, 2020.]
Binding/Format: English, 400 pages, 170 x 230 mm, soft cover
ISBN: 978-3-944074-40-5


Talks on Materials

Changing Paradigms: Materials for a World Not Yet Built

Shifting the Flows, Pulling the Strings: Stocks, Flows, and Their Dynamics

From Manual to Digital and Vice Versa: Digitization, Labor, and Construction

Catch-22: Material Needs versus Material Impact

Ordering instructions for hardcopies

Order directly from the publisher, Ruby Press, for EUR 38 per copy (excl. handling charges)


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