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Concrete and Culture: A Material History

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Concrete has been used in arches, vaults, and domes dating as far back as the Roman Empire. Today, it is everywhere—in our roads, bridges, sidewalks, walls, and architecture. For each person on the planet, nearly three tons of concrete are produced every year. Used almost universally in modern construction, concrete has become a polarizing material that provokes intense lo ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published May 15th 2012)
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This is far more than an architectural history. Concrete is investigated as a medium, a medium for modernity. While recognizing the critiques of concrete - think about the ugliness a multi-level car park - this book recognizes the capacity of concrete to be brutal, lasting, unforgiving and steadfast. This is an outstanding history that shows how meaning transforms and material history is created.
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Adrian Forty is Professor of Architectural History at The Bartlett, the Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London. He is the Programme Director of the MSc programme in Architectural History.

In 2003, he was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education.

Forty's main interest is in architecture's role in societies and cultural contexts. His research includes
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