Birmingham Talks Tactile Concrete


Birmingham School of Architecture at Birmingham City University is hosting a Talking Cities lecture tonight (23 February) presented by Prof Ruth Morrow from Queen’s University Belfast.

‘Architecture as Provocation’ looks at historical precedents for a wider understanding of architectural practice and at Professor Morrow’s own engaged forms of practice. In particular the work she does as co-director of Tactility Factory that produces award-winning innovative and sensual surfaces and her co-curatorship with PS2, a collective of creative practitioners working in urban and rural contexts of Northern Ireland.

Professor Morrow’s talk is one of a series of 13 lectures, entitled The Art of Design: Materiality and Ideas which are taking place over the coming weeks at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Gosta Green.

Ruth Morrow is Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. Her work tests the potentials between people, place, creativity and pedagogy, and ranges across activist design pedagogies, urban activism and innovative product development. Her practice is underpinned by an ethos of inclusivity and design excellence.

Birmingham School of Architecture at Birmingham City University is hosting the series of lectures in association with MADE, the architecture centre for the West Midlands. The lectures are being presented by internationally renowned speakers from universities and architectural practices such as Harvard University and RMIT Melbourne.

The aim of the series is to move debate from using technology merely as tools, to using technology as a method of expressing ideas to create elegant designs.

All lectures take place in the Emma Jessie Phibbs Lecture Theatre at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design Gosta Green. For the full list of lectures and booking information, please visit and

Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham School of Architecture, said: “This series of lectures offers a fantastic opportunity for people to consider an alternative way of thinking about their use of technology, in a way that will shape the quality of experience.”

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