Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete / Edition 1

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Eight essays by noted authors such as Antoine Picon, Adrian Forty, Guy Nordenson, Franz Ulm, and others shed light on specific aspects of this material and its new forms. Scattered throughout the book are also 30 attractive recent buildings, which illustrate and exemplify these developments.

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Frequently reviled by the public, employed in enormous quantities by the building industries, and admired for its strength and plasticity (though susceptible to deterioration under certain conditions), concrete makes possible the expressive forms and continuity of structure central to modern architecture. It was first used for buildings in ancient Rome, and its place within the history of architecture continues to be debated. Is it a harsh industrial material unsuitable for aspirant forms or a medium of unparalleled flexibility and expressive possibility? This book offers an intelligent answer to that question as well as a tribute to concrete itself. Editors Cohen (Inst. of Fine Arts, NYU; Encyclop die Perret) and Moeller Jr. (AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.) have compiled contemporary examples in four groups-structure, surface, sculptural form, and the future of concrete-each preceded by a cogent historical essay. Illustrative material in the form of superb color photographs, sketches, plans, sections, and diagrams complement an international selection of powerful and dynamic forms. Since the interiors are well illustrated, this book is recommended for all architecture and interior design collections.-Paul Glassman, Hofstra Univ. Lib., Hempstead, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783764374839
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248

Meet the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen, architect, architectural historian, NYU; Martin Moeller, curator, National Building Museum, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Architecture and technology : two centuries of creative tension 8
Modern architecture and the saga of concrete 20
A material without a history 34
The semantics of exposed concrete 46
Concrete theater 60
Projects by Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates, Baumschlager-Eberle Ziviltechniker, VJAA, Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., Steven Holl Architects, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Shin Takamatsu Architect and Associates Co., Ltd, Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon/Francisco Serrano, Foster and Partners
Texts by G. Martin Moeller, Jr.
Surface as substance 104
Projects by Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Antoine Predock Architect, Alberto Kalach, Remy Marciano, Michael Jantzen, Jim Jennings Architecture, David Hertz Architects/Syndesis, Inc. with Stacy Fond, WW with SMWM, Herzog & de Meuron
Texts by G. Martin Moeller, Jr.
Reinforced concrete and the morality of form 154
Projects by Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office, Mansilla + Tunon Arquitectos, Pugh + Scarpa Architects, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects,, Ingenhoven und Partner in collaboration with Frei Otto, Christoff : Finio Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Santiago Calatrava, Hariri & Hariri-Architecture
Texts by G. Martin Moeller, Jr.
What's the matter with concrete? 216
Projects by Building Studio, Rudy Ricciotti, Bill Price, Inc., Aron Losonczi Product descriptions of autoclaved aerated, bendable, fabric-formed, fabric-reinforced, and robot-laid concrete
Texts by G. Martin Moeller, Jr.
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