A close-up shot of crinkle concrete. (Richard Barnes)

How Architects Are Making Concrete Walls Look Like Crumpled Paper

“We’re pushing the limits of what this material can do,” says a designer behind the Kennedy Center’s new building, describing its experimental concrete treatments. The Reach, the long-anticipated expansion of D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, opened to...
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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself by Jonathan Watts In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured...
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Tips For Using Concrete in Architecture

Check out some tips on how to use concrete and get the most out of it.   by Matheus Pereira; Translated by Maggie Johnson   In the eyes of an architect, concrete is practically a fetish. Currently, it’s used in a wide range of projects and buildings, from...
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A Secret Of Gothic Architecture Could Revolutionize Buildings Today

By Diana Budds Concrete is typically the default building material for tall structures, thanks to its strength and cost-effectiveness. But there’s one big trade-off: Heft. Conventional concrete construction requires significant mass and steel reinforcement, which takes up space...
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Blaine Brownell: Former concrete abattoir in Shanghai, China was turned into a popular mixed-use space.

Concrete as a Carbon Sink? | Architect Magazine

The popular building material might not be as detrimental to the environment as once believed. By BLAINE BROWNELL As the world’s most popular building material, concrete comprises a significant portion of our built environment, with some 10 cubic kilometers (about 13 trillion...
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Concrete’s Moment of Reckoning | Architect Magazine

Manufacturers of cement, the concrete ingredient with the highest embodied energy, face many environmental concerns as well as opportunities to clean up its act. By Blaine Brownell According to the recent Economist article “Cracks in the Surface: Why Grey Firms Will Have to Go...
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