Raw Concrete

The Beauty of Brutalism

Author: Barnabas Calder

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448151295

Category: Architecture

Page: 416

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALICE DAVIS HITCHCOCK AWARD 'Brilliant' Elain Harwood 'Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence' Jonathan Meades 'A learned and passionate book' Simon Bradley, author of The Railways ‘A compelling and evocative read, meticulously researched, and filled with insight and passion’ Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts The raw concrete buildings of the 1960s constitute the greatest flowering of architecture the world has ever seen. The biggest construction boom in history promoted unprecedented technological innovation and an explosion of competitive creativity amongst architects, engineers and concrete-workers. The Brutalist style was the result. Today, after several decades in the shadows, attitudes towards Brutalism are slowly changing, but it is a movement that is still overlooked, and grossly underrated. Raw Concrete overturns the perception of Brutalist buildings as the penny-pinching, utilitarian products of dutiful social concern. Instead it looks a little closer, uncovering the luxuriously skilled craft and daring engineering with which the best buildings of the 1960s came into being: magnificent architectural visions serving clients rich and poor, radical and conservative. Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to examine how eight extraordinary buildings were made – from commission to construction – why they have been so vilified, and why they are beginning to be loved. In it, Barnabas Calder puts forward a powerful case: Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there ever will be.

The Sustainable Use of Concrete

Author: Koji Sakai,Takafumi Noguchi

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0203817176

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 188

View: 8851


Cement-based concrete has excellent properties as a construction material, and the raw materials of cement—rocks, and limestone and clay—are bountiful. Yet its production generates high quantities of CO2, making it a potentially unsustainable material. However, there are no alternatives to concrete and steel as basic methods for development of socioeconomic infrastructure at this time. Highlighting sustainability issues in the construction industry, The Sustainable Use of Concrete presents guidelines on how to move toward sustainable concrete construction. The book begins by clarifying the historic background and meaning of sustainability, after which it outlines areas that need to be considered in connection with sustainability in the concrete and construction field. It examines environmental, social and cultural, and economic aspects, then considers an evaluation system of sustainability. The authors include various tools and ISO standards, and then explore technologies for sustainability, with case studies and examples that promote understanding of current technologies. Although the construction sector, in the broadest sense, has come to recognize that infrastructure development over the past two centuries has been unsustainable, it has been slow to adjust. Comprehensive information and relevant practical guidance are very scarce. This book lays out a roadmap for creating a human-friendly and safe environment with low environmental burden.

Modern Playhouses

An Architectural History of Britain's New Theatres, 1945 - 1985

Author: Alistair Fair

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192534432

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 1904


Modern Playhouses is the first detailed study of the major programme of theatre-building which took place in Britain between the 1950s and the 1980s. Drawing on a vast range of archival material - much of which had never previously been studied by historians - it sets architecture in a wide social and cultural context, presenting the history of post-war theatre buildings as a history of ideas relating not only to performance but also to culture, citizenship, and the modern city. During this period, more than sixty major new theatres were constructed in locations from Plymouth to Inverness, Aberystwyth to Ipswich. The most prominent example was the National Theatre in London, but the National was only the tip of the iceberg. Supported in many cases by public subsidies, these buildings represented a new kind of theatre, conceived as a public service. Theatre was ascribed a transformative role, serving as a form of 'productive' recreation at a time of increasing affluence and leisure. New theatres also contributed to debates about civic pride, urbanity, and community. Ultimately, theatre could be understood as a vehicle for the creation of modern citizens in a consciously modernizing Britain. Through their planning and appearance, new buildings were thought to connote new ideas of theatre's purpose. In parallel, new approaches to staging and writing posed new demands of the auditorium and stage. Yet while recognizing, as contemporaries did, that the new theatres of the post war decades represented change, Modern Playhouses also asks how radically different these buildings really were, and what their 'mainstream' architecture reveals of the history of modern British architecture, and of post-war Britain.

Color Concrete Garden Projects

Make Your Own Planters, Furniture, and Fire Pits Using Creative Techniques and Vibrant Finishes

Author: Nathan Smith,Michael Snyder

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604697326

Category: Design

Page: 208

View: 9370


A Library Journal Best Crafts & DIY Book of 2015 Incorporating concrete design into a home garden can now be easily achieved by any do-it-yourself enthusiast! Concrete furniture and containers add style and personality to outdoor spaces, and the addition of color makes these objects even more eye-catching. These trendy pieces can cost thousands of dollars at garden centers and furniture stores, but they can also be made affordably at home. In this hands-on guide, concrete artisans Nathan Smith and Michael Snyder offer basic information on how to mix concrete and add color using dyes, paints, and inlaid materials. The twenty step-by-step projects include small items, like a candle holder with an old-world feel and a simple stacked-ring planter, and larger pieces, like an elegant bike rack and a beautiful fire pit that is the perfect gathering place for friends and family.

Nonconventional Concrete Technologies

Renewal of the Highway Infrastructure

Author: Committee on Nonconventional Concrete Technologies for Renewal of the Highway Infrastructure,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,National Materials Advisory Board,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309562317

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 101

View: 9807


Nonconventional Concrete Technologies: Renewal of the Highway Infrastructure identifies research and development opportunities in innovative, nonconventional materials and processes that have the potential to accelerate the construction process, improve the durability of highway pavement and bridges, and enhance the serviceability and longevity of new construction under adverse conditions.

Concrete Toronto

A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies

Author: Michael McClelland,Graeme Stewart

Publisher: Coach House Books

ISBN: 9781552451939

Category: Architecture

Page: 353

View: 1306


In the sixties, architecture fell in love with concrete. Architecture has since shifted its fondness to glass and steel, and concrete buildings have fallen out of favor and into disrepair. But they represent an exciting era of faith in architecture and technical innovation that has yet to be documented. Concrete Toronto acts as a guidebook to the city’s extensive concrete heritage. Architects, journalists, professors, concrete experts, and even the original architects use a wealth of new and archival photos, drawings, interviews, articles, and case studies to celebrate Toronto’s concrete past.

Advanced Materials in Japan


Author: COMLINE International Corp.

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483294021

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 478

View: 9637


Please note this is a Short Discount publication. Advanced Materials in Japan: Source Book 1992 offers the reader news of all the developments which have taken place over the last year. The Source Book is divided into chapters based on the divisions of news in New Materials in Japan – Metals & Alloys; Ceramics; Composites; Electronic & Optoelectronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Plastics; Materials & The Environment; Medical Materials and Textiles, each introduced by an expert in these particular areas and discussing the implications of the information to non–Japanese industry. In addition, the Source Book includes a chapter devoted to business/market information – company mergers acquisitions etc., together with an overview of the Japanese approach to advanced materials and highlighting all major research initiatives, research programmes etc.

Waste Materials and By-Products in Concrete

Author: Rafat Siddique

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540742948

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 416

View: 9530


The amount and variety of waste that humanity dumps in landfill sites is nothing short of a scandal, believes Rafat Siddique, of Deemed University in Patiala, India. Instead, we ought to be building new homes out of it! Siddique shows in this important book that many non-hazardous waste materials and by-products which are landfilled, can in fact be used in making concrete and similar construction materials.

Creating with Concrete

Opening and Leader Papers of the Proceedings of the International Congress Held at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK on 6-10 September 1999

Author: Ravindra K. Dhir,P. C. Hewlett,M. Roderick Jones

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 9780727728333

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 244

View: 917


Concrete will be the key material for Mankind to create the built environment of the next millennium. The requirements of this infrastructure will be both demanding, in terms of technical performance and economy, and yet be greatly varied, from architectural masterpieces to the simplest of utilities. This volume is a compilation of the Opening Addresses and Leader Papers for the five Conferences and fove Seminars held during the Congress, Creating with Concrete, 6-10 September 1999, organised by the Concrete Technology Unit, University of Dundee. The papers were presented by the foremost experts in their respective fields.

Cement and Concrete Science and Technology

Author: S. N. Ghosh

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 9788185522005

Category: Cement

Page: 494

View: 5150


A four volume series covering cement and concrete technology. This volume, part 1 of volume 1, contains details of all aspects of cement and raw materials, preparation and properties, cement manufacture, special cements, new cements, cement chemistry and modernization of cement plants.

Sustainable Concrete Construction

Proceedings of the International Conference Held at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK on 9-11 September, 2002

Author: Ravindra K. Dhir,Thomas D. Dyer,Judith E. Halliday

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 9780727731777

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 836

View: 8602


Concrete is a global material that underwrites commercial wellbeing and social development. There is no substitute that can be used on the same engineering scale and its sustainability, expolitation and further development are imperatives to creating and maintaing a healthy economy and environment worldwide. The pressure for change and improvement of performance is relentless and necessary. Concrete must keep evolving to satisfy the increasing demands of all its users. These six volumes are the proceedings of the international Challenges of Concrete Construction Congress held in September 2002 with contributions from many of the world's leading authorities in this field.

Super-High-Strength High Performance Concrete

Author: Pu Xincheng

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466579781

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 276

View: 6146


When produced correctly, concrete can be extremely strong, with high load-bearing capacity and superior durability. Another noteworthy property is the relatively low amount of energy and resources consumed during production. Super-High-Strength High Performance Concrete brings together the results of a major research project by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Doctoral Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China. This ten-year project explored the properties, performance, and potential of super-high-strength high performance (SHSHP) concrete. With a view towards improved production that optimizes the strength and durability of concrete, the book presents a host of topics on the cutting edge of concrete research. These include: A new method for the specific strength analysis of the pozzolanic effect of active mineral admixtures Analysis of the strength composition of SHSHP concrete Optimization of raw materials and mix proportion parameters for strength and flowability Analysis of the mechanical properties, deformation, and durability of SHSHP concrete Methods for decreasing autogeneous shrinkage Testing methods for SHSHP concrete The book concludes with a consideration of the practical and economic benefits of these optimized concretes. A systematic study of the different aspects of this essential commodity as well as the future direction of concrete science and technology, this book is a valuable resource for material scientists and engineers engaged in developing better structures.

Advances in Cement Technology

Chemistry, Manufacture and Testing

Author: S.N. Ghosh

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9788188305049

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 828

View: 9614


This volume is the outcome of a critical review of the most important and useful aspects of science and technology of cement. The contents present a combination of cement chemistry including mathematical modelling, manufacture showing geology of limestone and other raw materials, concrete and other blends, instrumental analysis showing thermoanalytical techniques, and x-rays. This publication should be of specific interest to students and researchers, material scientists, cement chemists and technical personnel, and engineers in cement and concrete industry and laboratories.

Handbook of Adhesives Raw Materials

Author: Ernest W. Flick

Publisher: William Andrew

ISBN: 081551185X

Category: Reference

Page: 501

View: 3816


Contains descriptions of more than 2,200 materials currently available to the adhesives industry. The book includes Suppliers' Addresses and a Trade Name Index. Projected 1995 adhesives sales are $12 billion, with steady growth and expansion into new areas.

Cement and Concrete

Author: M.S.J Gan

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780412790508

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

View: 5637


Cement and concrete are of great interest to the construction and civil engineering communities. This study provides an appreciation of the complex nature of these materials and a realization that most of the failures involving concrete constructions are preventable.

Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

Author: Peter Hewlett

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080535418

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1092

View: 9317


Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete deals with the chemical and physical properties of cements and concretes and their relation to the practical problems that arise in manufacture and use. As such it is addressed not only to the chemist and those concerned with the science and technology of silicate materials, but also to those interested in the use of concrete in building and civil engineering construction. Much attention is given to the suitability of materials, to the conditions under which concrete can excel and those where it may deteriorate and to the precautionary or remedial measures that can be adopted. First published in 1935, this is the fourth edition and the first to appear since the death of Sir Frederick Lea, the original author. Over the life of the first three editions, this book has become the authority on its subject. The fourth edition is edited by Professor Peter C. Hewlett, Director of the British Board of Agrement and visiting Industrial Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee. Professor Hewlett has brought together a distinguished body of international contributors to produce an edition which is a worthy successor to the previous editions.