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Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier Hardcover – January 17, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732405
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What makes this book more than eye candy is the authors' exhaustive treatment. Clearly they love the subject. (Architect Magazine) REVIEW: A well-researched, well-written and engaging narrative....Highly recommended for designers generally and anyone broadly interested in design and design history. (Curve) REVIEW: Corrugated metal surely stands alongside the great inventions, a...material as at home in the slums as it is in the avant garde. (The Financial Times) REVIEW: Catnip to architecturally minded modernists....the book is replete with fascinating reproductions of posters, catalog copy, and architectural renderings....a wonderful book. (Wilson Quarterly, David Akst) REVIEW: Tells the evolving story of the material in a thoughtful way, with an obvious passionate love for the material. (The Architectural Record, John Winter) REVIEW: Intelligent, fascinating, thoughtfully researched, and beautifully photographed. (Traditional Building, Nicole V. Gagné)

A well-researched, well-written and engaging narrative....Highly recommended for designers generally and anyone broadly interested in design and design history.

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A well-researched, well-written and engaging narrative....Highly recommended for designers generally and anyone broadly interested in design and design history.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An anonymous writer in 1833 called the public's attention to an architectural novelty that had appeared on the London docks: "Every observing person, on passing by it, cannot fail being struck... with its elegance and simplicity." What had brought this praise was the world's first building incorporating corrugated iron. One might think that the novelty of corrugated iron had surely led the writer into effusion about a subject otherwise unlikely to bring praise. And one might also think that a history of corrugated iron is one of the more unlikely subjects to be brought out in a colorful coffee-table book. There are many surprises in Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier (W. W. Norton & Company) by Adam Mornement and Simon Holloway, architectural historians who are enthusiasts for a material that provides shelter for millions and also is being used in upscale modern buildings with surprisingly beautiful effect. The authors say that corrugated iron has met diverse challenges of affordability, portability, utility, and strength, "but despite its many virtues, corrugated iron's contribution to society has rarely been acknowledged." Corrugated iron is everywhere, and because of this it has become invisible; this book is a handsome corrective to bring it back into view.

Corrugated iron was invented by Henry Robinson Palmer, Architect and Engineer to the London Dock Company, in 1829. He foresaw that the material could be used both as cladding upon an architectural framework and arched to make free-standing spans for roofing. Corrugated iron had advantages that innovative architects could use. The brilliant engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel adopted it early, and designed London's Paddington Station to be roofed in the material, with the corrugations running horizontally.
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By Suzy King on June 29, 2014
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Thank you, the book arrived on time, in perfect condition. It's a fascinating book telling about the complete history of corrugated iron. Excellent. A very nicely put together publication with many interesting drawings and photos.
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By Mrs. Kim E. Jones on September 6, 2009
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This book has some wonderful photographic illustrations and is very descriptive. Great source of historic information whilst we were researching for a job in Australia.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SEWELL STAINED GLASS on November 17, 2009
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Disappointed in this book. Oh, it has great photos and I loved the early English country churches but I did not need to see any photos of slums. I found only about 20% of the buildings were in the US, curious since a nice Lake/Flato pony barn is pictured on the cover. Their few buildings represented have more elaborate coverage on their own website. I was hoping to see more ideas that I might be able to incorporate and would pass the local building code.
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