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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

Leonard Koren advises large and small international businesses on negotiating tactics and strategies. He lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1St Edition edition (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Phaidon Press are known for elegant and distinctive art and architecture books but this one is good even by its own high standards. The book has a simple premise - rather than acres of text, it assembles a single gorgeous image of each of 150 or so buildings and constructions - given at least a page or many even big double page spreads - each with a clear, concise caption. (In fact the only extensive text occurs in the author's introduction and the accompanying essay by Wabi-Sabi author Leonard Koren, both of which exhort the reader to rethink concrete as a material of beauty rather than stark utility.)

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.
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