Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete

Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete

by Jean-Louis Cohen, G. Martin Moeller
     
 

ISBN-10: 1568985703

ISBN-13: 9781568985701

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Produced at a rate of five billion cubic yards per year, concrete is the second most widely consumed substance on earth, after water. It is ubiquitous and easily taken for granted as the stuff of sidewalks and roads, power plants and parking garages. Concrete is also, however, a favored material of cutting-edge architects and engineers, who value not only its

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Produced at a rate of five billion cubic yards per year, concrete is the second most widely consumed substance on earth, after water. It is ubiquitous and easily taken for granted as the stuff of sidewalks and roads, power plants and parking garages. Concrete is also, however, a favored material of cutting-edge architects and engineers, who value not only its versatility and strength but its unlimited potential for imaginative expression. A hybrid substance made from cement, water, sand, and mineral aggregates, concrete—or liquid stone—has no intrinsic form. In the hands of talented designers, its ultimate appearance is dictated by the framework into which it is poured and the color, texture, or pattern applied to its surface.

In a series of essays by top architects, engineers, and scholars, Liquid Stone explores the nature of concrete, its past and future, from technical, artistic, and historical perspectives. Over thirty buildings by leading international architects including Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Norman Foster, and Santiago Calatrava are presented through detailed descriptions, photographs, and technical drawings.

The book concludes with "The Future of Concrete," a chapter on newly emerging materials. Here self-consolidated, ultra-high-performance, and translucent concrete are illustrated, introducing the next generation in concrete technology and suggesting new directions for both architecture and engineering.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568985701
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Architecture and technology : two centuries of creative tension8
Modern architecture and the saga of concrete20
A material without a history34
The semantics of exposed concrete46
Concrete theater60
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 substance104
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 form154
Projects by Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office, Mansilla + Tunon Arquitectos, Pugh + Scarpa Architects, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Massiearchitecture.com, 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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