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Concrete has been used in arches vaults and domes dating as far back as the roman empire today it is everywherein our roads bridges sidewalks walls and architecture for each person on the planet nearly three tons of concrete are produced every year used almost universally in modern construction concrete has become a polarizing material that provokes intense loathing in some and this book fully succeeds in portraying the most emblematic material of modern culture concrete is seemingly condemned to transformations easily slipping into the role of timber or stone with no clear identity of its ownin recent years concrete has increasingly drawn attention from architecture business technology and labor historians happily for those of us fascinated by the stuff adrian fortys cultural history of concrete represents still another disciplinary embrace of this ubiquitous material in this case as an object of critical praise distaste and general aesthetic curiosity over the last 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 steadfastadrian forty concrete and culture a material history london reaktion books 2012 336 pp 127 bw illus 36 cloth isbn 9781861898975 the ubiquitous use of concrete in modern infrastructure and architecture often symbolizes urbanity it also connotes modernity civilization culture and human pride in technology alongside efficiency industry and progress

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