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Exploring Concrete Architecture: Tone, Texture, Form (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. April 2001


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The possibilities for concrete as a construction material are wide-ranging. This book reveals the full scope, examining many fascinating examples. In the last ten years, concrete has reemerged as a prime building material and is highly rated amongst architects - in particular the younger generation - because of its sculptural qualities and interesting textures. There have been great advances in the material itself, with many varieties, textures and colours of concrete now being available even types of concrete which can withstand the aging process of the elements as well as natural stone. This book provides a systematic overview of the applications of this building material, providing information on the latest technical advances. A selection of some 25 international projects which are particularly relevant are documented in detail, and will prove a source of inspiration for those active in design and construction industries.

Amongst the projects included are David Chipperfield's Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, Ben van Berkel's Moebius House, Carme Pinos & Enric Miralles' school building in Morella, Axel Schultes' crematorium in Berlin and Sir Norman Foster's Social Science Centre in Oxtord. The author, David Bennett, is a trained civil engineer and practising architect based near London. He is a consultant in the field of concrete building. He has also written many publications on architecture and building.


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Birkhauser Maps out the Cultural Divide 13. Dezember 2012
Von curt dilger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Despite the strident opinions of some reviews, this is an excellent book on contemporary concrete architecture. Now, let me mention this is an international collection of buildings made of concrete, and North Americans tend to reserve their most hateful venom towards this type of architecture. If you don't like this type of material and prefer something else, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Certainly there are some buildings with a more severe formal language represented in the book, built with the highest standards currently available, including a sustainable agenda, but there are others represented also, like that of Miralles Pinos, architects who are always pursuing more sensuous qualities of space. It's a book about architecture, yes, but one also devoted to showing a full range of expression for this type of material. Birkhauser continues to produce excellent publications of real architecture, architecture that lasts, makes places, has meaning and represents a higher standard than just about anything found on this side of the Atlantic. I don't think anyone truly informed about the subject could defend our vinyl sided suburban nightmare over the European legacy of architecture, and our proud ignorance on the subject is made sadly evident by our flimsy landscape; Birkhauser is making this cultural divide all too clear.

If you know something about the subject and value solid, beautiful, concrete architecture, like that of Louis Kahn (a now deceased American who made real architecture), Tadao Ando, or newcomers like Pezo von Ellrichshausen, all great architects who could see the value of building with a material that lasts, and made buildings that will last long after the pulp board, unsustainable, kitschy fantasies of abandoned suburbia collapses into oblivion, then please--give this book a look. Thanks.
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Thin Slump! 27. November 2002
Von Scott Knudsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If your a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, Sarah Susanka, and Malcolm Wells then this overpriced book will disappoint you. It shows a bunch (22) of cold, lifeless modern concrete buildings. For me books put out by the Portland Cement Association are much better at a fraction of the cost. If your into Concrete Architecture then add it to your library only if you can pick it up somewhere for 1/4 it's price.
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