A new exhibition celebrates the social and architectural history of concrete architecture and engineering over seven decades

The Concrete Centre have partnered with the Built Environment Trust to  celebrate 70 years of Concrete Quarterly (CQ) magazine with an exhibition dedicated to seven decades of concrete structures.

The first issue of Concrete Quarterly was published by the Cement and Concrete Association in July 1947, priced one shilling. Over 70 years and 260 issues, it has documented the many advances in architecture and engineering that have taken place since the postwar period, and influenced debates on important social issues such as new towns, high-rise living and sustainability. And of course, it has told the stories behind some of the world’s greatest buildings, from the Royal Festival Hall to Sydney Opera House to the Shard. This rich history is the subject of an exhibition at the Building Centre in London, which runs from 9 August until 30 October.

Organised by the publisher of CQ, The Concrete Centre, in partnership with the Built Environment Trust and supported by Aggregate Industries and Graphic Relief, the exhibition is accessible at the Lower Gallery, Building Centre, Store St, London and is free to visit. There are also a complimentary magazine containing the insights of The Concrete Centre and an exhibition guide.

Like the magazine, the exhibition aims to inspire and inform. Led by photography from the archive, it looks back at the last 70 years of concrete architecture and engineering, with a decade-by decade review of trends in design through key projects and voices.

A digital archive of the magazine will be in place throughout the duration of the exhibition giving visitors access to the entire Concrete Quarterly archive.

The Focus installation reflects CQ’s role as a provider of best-practice guidance with a changing exhibit on the latest developments in concrete products and construction techniques. To complement the exhibition, The Concrete Centre is also organising a programme of events throughout the autumn.

For more details, go to www.concretecentre.com/CQ70

70 Years of Concrete Quarterly: The Exhibition takes place from 9 August until 30 October in the Lower Gallery 2 at The Building Centre, Store St.