Concrete

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Concrete presents 170 concrete projects organized into themes such as Landscape, Juxtaposition and Light, helping the reader to understand the different qualities of the material. Images have been selected carefully to illustrate a particular element of the structure, further reinforced by the accompanying caption, which is anecdotal, technical or descriptive in content. Each caption also lists the building name, architect, location and date of completion.

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Overview

Concrete presents 170 concrete projects organized into themes such as Landscape, Juxtaposition and Light, helping the reader to understand the different qualities of the material. Images have been selected carefully to illustrate a particular element of the structure, further reinforced by the accompanying caption, which is anecdotal, technical or descriptive in content. Each caption also lists the building name, architect, location and date of completion.

The book opens with a 2,000 word introductory essay by Leonard Koren, offering a personal response to theme of concrete. Written in an accessible and engaging way, Koren's introduction explores concrete buildings aesthetically and psychologically, drawing on personal experience.

The list of project covers everything from monuments and churches to bus stations and crematoriums, and includes some of the most innovative and inspirational concrete projects from all over the world. Featuring iconic structures from great architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, Concrete has been carefully designed to create specific pairings of projects to invite further discussion, as well as a large number of double page spreads.

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"The sweeping survey of buildings featured in Concrete illustrates the material's chameleonlike versatility, from the Pantheon's coffered dome to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye." - ELLE Decor

"Yes, concrete can be cold and imposing - but as the 175 structures in [Concrete] attest, it can also be colorful, playful, and delicate." - The Wall Street Journal

"The book is a vivid reminder of the sheer endurance, unexpected delicacy, and humor of architecture's humble hero." - Architectural Digest

". . .this book isn't about the bad, it's about proving, as Leonard Koren writes in the introduction, that concrete is a noble material." - The Atlantic Monthly, Atlantic Cities blog

"The material may commonly be associated with drab, rain-stained affordable housing. But, as a new book from Phaidon proves, concrete can sing." - Fast Company

"A gorgeously bound book, Concrete offers invaluable and fascinating insight into this dynamic material and the forms it has been used to create." - Life + Times

"From the formidable fortress of Cold War-era Eastern Europe to fluid structures in South America, the uniquely adaptive materials tends to take on the emotion of its surroundings. In either design direction, however, the result is beautifully intriguing. . .a beautiful monograph from Phaidon." - Cool Hunting

"Concrete structures and architecture gets a well deserved study in the new Concrete. . .Look for German skate parks, Italian rooftop tracks, and Portuguese swimming pools. . ." - Selectism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714863542
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 322,962
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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