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‘Why Materials Matter’

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16 October 2018

Episode 366

30 minutes

We peek inside the innovative Berlin-based design company that’s developing pollution-eating façades to tackle city smog. Plus: Mexican architect Frida Escobedo on her love of traditional materials and a discussion on the ethics of what we build with in new book ‘Why Materials Matter’.

16 October 2018

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Elegant Embellishments

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We meet Allison Dring, the co-founder of Berlin-based design studio Elegant Embellishments that’s developed an innovative material to tackle city air pollution one façade at a time.

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‘Why Materials Matter’

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A new book examines the nature and sustainability of materials from the everyday to the scientific. We sit down with the author, Seetal Solanki.

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Frida Escobedo

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The Mexico City-based architect joins Monocle’s Design editor Nolan Giles at Midori House to talk about her favourite materials and growing her company.

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