Liquid stone: new architecture in concrete

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Birkhäuser, Jun 12, 2006 - Architecture - 248 pages
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Since the large-scale use of concrete prefabricated parts in the 1960s and 1970s, this material has developed new applications in recent years and also become more aesthetically refined. Extremely light and thin varieties of concrete like the newly developed Ductal and virtually transparent concrete cladding allow for the creation of interesting and spectacular designs. Precisely such avant-garde architects as Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, and Steven Holl make frequent use of these materials. Eight articles and 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. Included are projects by Takashi Yamaguchi, Baumschlager & Eberle, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster and Partners, Ingenhoven und Partner, Santiago Calatrava, Hariri & Hariri, Tadao Ando, Antoine Predock and others.

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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 ... Read full review


A Material Without a History
The Semantics of Exposed Concrete

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Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect & historian. He is a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University & the director of the Institute Francais d'Architecture. He specializes in the twentieth-century architecture & urbanism of Europe & the United States.

G. Martin Moeller Jr. is senior vice president and curator at the National Building Museum and is the former executive director of the Washington Chapter/AIA.

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