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Concrete and Culture: A Material History

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Despite its ancient Roman origins, concrete is considered the ultimate modern material, used everywhere in construction today: the equivalent of three tonnes of concrete per person on the planet is produced each year. Used in our pavements, roads, tunnels and walls, concrete surrounds us wherever we go and polarizes opinion, provoking intense loathing in some and fervent p ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 6th 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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