12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (EDT)

The GSD’s Fall 2021 Public Programs were all virtual and required registration.

The event was live streamed to the Harvard GSD YouTube page. Only viewers who attended the lecture via Zoom were be able to submit questions for the Q+A.

Live captioning was  provided during this event.

Event Description

This lecture presented a collection of stories on the use and reuse of materials across building sites, demolition sites, salvage yards, quarries, film sets, and other out-of-the-way locations.

Together, they offered glimpses of the material practices at play in multiple contexts, from the skill-rich but frantically energy-intensive movie industry to the slower, less agile building industry. The materials — and the expertise of the craftswomen and craftsmen that shape them — are the protagonists in these stories. 

With destinations such as Bry-sur-Marne, Lasham, Gond-Pontouvre, and Fót, this was a journey across suburban and hinterland ecosystems where the production, sourcing, construction and disposal of film sets has been pushed to the outskirts.

Horror stories of downcycling dead ends, nonfiction financial and carbon calculations, romantic tales of perpetual recycling, fables of pastiche and patina, green-washing propaganda, oral histories of low-tech solutions, and scripts for industrialised shredding of materials: this anthology feeds myriad anthropological perspectives, and helps tune us into our (damaged) relationship to resources. 

This lecture asked: How can we create space for material after-life processes, where demolition only happens as a last resort, downcycling gives way to a blossoming salvage and reuse industry, and dismantling becomes a craft as valuable as carpentry and sculpting? How can we bring more of these stories of unscrewing from the periphery to the front row?


Aude-Line Dulière is an architect, researcher, and educator. She runs a studio and a technical course at the Architectural Association in London with a focus on material reuse. She manages academic, cultural, and built projects that consider our relationship to resources, labor, and supply systems. Since 2016, she collaborates with the Brussels-based cooperative Rotor. 
She has been a visiting professor at the KADK in Copenhagen and also taught at La Cambre ENSAV in Brussels. She is a registered architect, member of the British Film Design Guild, recipient of the Harvard Wheelwright Prize, and a board member of the Brussels-based space ‘La Loge’ dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and theory. She has been invited to collaborate with institutions on exhibitions including the V&A in London, M – Museum in Leuven, and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. 
Aude-Line studied in Brussels at Sint-Lucas (KU Leuven), holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and worked at David Chipperfield Architects between 2010-15.