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Concrete Hardcover – September 3, 2012
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"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
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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.
Gorgeous photography! Great coffee table book for concrete aficionados and the rest of us!
The sense of luxury as you turn the pages is palpable - the paper is beautiful, the images are beautiful. Even the cover is beautiful, with an amazing printed-in effect of the wooden mould-made lines in in-situ-cast concrete. And the juxtapositions made by the book's designer are in many cases completely stunning: Westminster Jubilee line station opposite an amazing Japanese print centre that looks almost like an oil rig high above the city; Canary Wharf Jubilee line station opposite Auguste Perret's intense, meditatory concrete church. The real joy of the book is discovering many unusual buildings. Of course the usual suspects are here too - South Bank, Fallingwater, the Pantheon, Trellick Tower, Guggenheim, Villa Savoye, Sydney Opera House. (Though I'm not totally sure that whole building is concrete.) But the most fun are the ones I've never heard of before - Rem Koolhass's "Casa da Musica", Louis Kahn's Bangladesh Parliament, Max Berg's Breslau Centennial Hall: all stunning unforgettable constructions now that I know them.
Cooling towers, train stations, fire stations, flak towers, dams, housing estates, oh yes, of course.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent review of the possibilities of concrete as a building materieal.Published 9 months ago by Stan Getz
This book has beautiful inspiring photos from all around the world and is a reminder of the versatility of concrete forms.Published 24 months ago by Keturah Sageman
The cover was in good shape, the text was legible, I cannot hold amazon responsible for content. Thanks amazon for making me waste my time writing this review just so you will stop... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Carol Long Pottery