The ferro-concrete style: reinforced concrete in modern architecture, with four hundred illustrations of European and American ferro-concrete design (Google eBook)

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Architectural book publishing co., inc., 1908 - Architecture - 265 pages
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Page 149 - Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. There should not be a single ornament put upon great civic buildings, without some intellectual intention.
Page 250 - Undefined in its slope of roof, height of shaft, breadth of areh, or disposition of ground plan, it can shrink into a turret, expand into a hall, coil into a staircase, or spring into a spire, with undegraded grace and unexhausted energy ; and whenever it finds occasion for...
Page 196 - ... idea. But where and how the curve of the world and the curve of our own life begin that curve of which it shows us only a section and whither this curve leads, knowledge does not tell us.
Page 241 - Bnt the more simple the materials used the more the building tends toward a mono-material building the more nearly will "perfect style" reward an organic plan and ease of execution economize results.
Page 133 - Imagine a city iridescent by day, luminous by night, imperishable! Buildings, shimmering fabrics, woven of rich glass; glass all clear or part opaque and part clear, patterned in color or stamped to harmonize with the metal tracery that is to hold all together, the metal tracery to be, in itself, a thing of delicate beauty consistent with slender steel construction, expressing the nature of that construction in the mathematics of structure, which are the mathematics of music as well.
Page 250 - Undefined in the slope of its roof, height of shaft, breadth of arch, or disposition of ground-plan, it can shrink into a turret, expand into a hall, coil into a staircase, or spring into a spire with undegraded grace and unexhausted energy...
Page 29 - Due to its plasticity before setting, concrete can adopt any conceivable form. The more a material can be affected by mechanical and chemical influences while being formed, the more possibilities it contains and hence the more perfect it is.
Page 79 - We have designed surfaces to fill the most exacting requirements and to meet the greatest differences in scale, surfaces which lose their texture and resolve to uniform hue at twenty-five feet, surfaces which hold their texture at five hundred feet. For these purposes, aggregates, measuring from less than one-quarter to more than one and one-half inches, were...
Page 250 - ... and flexible as a fiery serpent, but ever attentive to the voice of the charmer. And it is one of the chief virtues of the Gothic builders, that they never suffered ideas of outside symmetries and consistencies to interfere with the real use and value of what they did. If they wanted a window, they opened one ; a room, they added one ; a buttress, they built...
Page 81 - We have designed surfaces to meet the most exacting requirements and to meet the greatest differences in scale, surfaces which lose their texture and resolve to uniform hue at twenty-five feet; surfaces which hold their texture at five hundred feet. For these purposes aggregates, measuring from less than one-quarter to more than one and one-half inches were used.

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