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    A book to watch out for: Decorative and Innovative Use of Concrete

    We’d like to recommend a book to you if we may: a rather fine new volume we came across recently, which celebrates innovative uses of concrete that go beyond the boring and mundane. “Decorative and Innovative Use of Concrete”, written by Graham F. True and published by Whittles Publishing is going to be available at the end of October 2011.

    The book provides a generally chronological account of decorative and innovative uses of Portland cement-based concrete, beginning thousands of years ago when it was first used for creating groundbreaking new technologies such as the Roman aqueducts. It goes through a number of examples leading up to the turn of the 20th century, when Portland cement was invented and subsequently mass produced.  This was followed by a golden period — covered next — in which many groundbreaking firms and architects adopted the material and paved the way towards the concrete revolution. The book looks at work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Nervi, Arup and more.

    After looking at innovative concrete architecture, the book moves on to art, looking at the incredible variety of ways concrete has been used by many celebrated designers from around the world. The final chapter then looks at future concrete, with innovations still in development such as high strength concrete, self cleaning concrete and even transparent concrete!

    One thing is for sure: concrete definitely isn’t dull.

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