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Concrete Hardcover – September 3, 2012

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"The sweeping survey of buildings featured in Concrete illustrates the material's chameleonlike versatility, from the Pantheon's coffered dome to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye." - ELLE Decor

"Yes, concrete can be cold and imposing - but as the 175 structures in [Concrete] attest, it can also be colorful, playful, and delicate." - The Wall Street Journal

"The book is a vivid reminder of the sheer endurance, unexpected delicacy, and humor of architecture's humble hero." - Architectural Digest

". . .this book isn't about the bad, it's about proving, as Leonard Koren writes in the introduction, that concrete is a noble material." - The Atlantic Monthly, Atlantic Cities blog

"The material may commonly be associated with drab, rain-stained affordable housing. But, as a new book from Phaidon proves, concrete can sing." - Fast Company

"A gorgeously bound book, Concrete offers invaluable and fascinating insight into this dynamic material and the forms it has been used to create." - Life + Times

"From the formidable fortress of Cold War-era Eastern Europe to fluid structures in South America, the uniquely adaptive materials tends to take on the emotion of its surroundings. In either design direction, however, the result is beautifully intriguing. . .a beautiful monograph from Phaidon." - Cool Hunting

"Concrete structures and architecture gets a well deserved study in the new Concrete. . .Look for German skate parks, Italian rooftop tracks, and Portuguese swimming pools. . ." - Selectism

About the Author

William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. Formerly a Design Director at Phaidon Press, Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, Henry Moore Institute and Tate. Leonard Koren has written and designed a number of books including Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. In 1976, two years after studying architecture at UCLA, he founded WET, one of the premier avant-garde publications of the 1970s. He now consults on the subject of design, aesthetics, and communications. He lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714863548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714863542
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Jolly VINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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This was a gift for a relative, who does a lot of DIY on his property. He told me that though he had expected more text, it was very interesting just to see what has been done using concrete. The book has houses, business buildings, museums, roads, apartment buildings, and Hoover Dam.

The photographs are excellent, and the text with each one is informative. Some of the structures were designed by well known architects, some lesser known. A few of the pages are not numbered when the photos take both pages. The index lists projects by name, with page numbers, and architects by name, with page numbers, which means you can search either way. Photographic credits are at the end of the index.

The book is 11.75" by 10.25". It is 237 pages without the index. The paper is heavy and glossy.

I had flipped through it before I gave it to him, and enjoyed it. I imagine that anyone using concrete would get ideas from the book. However, it is not a text book.

I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kasey noziska on January 11, 2013
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I bought this book for my father (a man who attends an annual "Concrete Banquet") and it could not have been more perfect.
Gorgeous photography! Great coffee table book for concrete aficionados and the rest of us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake Brady on November 3, 2012
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Being a concrete artisan I thoroughly enjoyed to display and brief descriptions of various concrete architecturally inspired buildings. Could have stood for a bit more info on construction aspects of the buildings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sommer on January 6, 2013
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Nice photos, good coffee table book. Cover is pretty cool looking, too! The book is divided into structures based on design elements- light, form, etc. Only thing I would have liked is better printing on the photos, they could have been a little better quality. Other than that, a nice photo based book for anyone interested in concrete architecture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kala on April 17, 2013
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Concrete is an incredibly beautiful book. The photographs are stunning and on top of the line pages. The information is well written and interesting. Even the cover is beautiful. My brother is an architect in construction and he LOVED it.
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