Aluminium & Durability – Towards Sustainable Cities

The first publication in the Towards Sustainable Cities research programme, which quantifies the in-use benefits of aluminium in architecture and the built environment. 

The durability of aluminium is probably one of the most important qualities of this metal when used to form architecture and infrastructure.  This book charts over 100 years of the use of aluminium in architecture and the built environment using 50 built works from 1895 to 1986, with four historic exemplars being inspected and presented in-depth.  Twelve twentieth-century award-winning and historically significant aluminium-based buildings were inspected, leading to the successful non-destructive testing of aluminium finishes on three of these projects.

The research was undertaken by Michael Stacey Architects with KieranTimberlake and the Architecture and Tectonics Research Group (ARTG) of The University of Nottingham, UK and funded by the IAI.

Other publications in the series include Aluminium Recyclability and Recycling, Aluminium Life Cycle Thinking, Aluminium: Flexible and Light and Aluminium: Sympathetic & Powerful – all of which are available to download on the right.