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By Jean-Louis Cohen

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Produced at a price of five billion cubic yards in step with yr, concrete is the second one most generally ate up substance in the world, after water. it truly is ubiquitous and simply taken with no consideration because the stuff of sidewalks and roads, strength vegetation and parking garages. Concrete can be, although, a well-liked fabric of state of the art architects and engineers, who price not just its versatility and energy yet its limitless strength for inventive expression. A hybrid substance made up of cement, water, sand, and mineral aggregates, concrete—or liquid stone—has no intrinsic shape. within the fingers of gifted designers, its final visual appeal is dictated via the framework into which it's poured and the colour, texture, or trend utilized to its floor.
In a chain of essays by means of most sensible architects, engineers, and students, Liquid Stone explores the character of concrete, its previous and destiny, from technical, creative, and ancient views. Over thirty constructions via major foreign architects together with Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Norman Foster, and Santiago Calatrava are offered via particular descriptions, photos, and technical drawings.
The booklet concludes with "The way forward for Concrete," a bankruptcy on newly rising fabrics. right here self-consolidated, ultra-high-performance, and translucent concrete are illustrated, introducing the subsequent new release in concrete know-how and suggesting new instructions for either structure and engineering.

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