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Concrete: A Studio Design Guide
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Nov 2010
Stock Code: 69039
Total votes: 13
This book is an informative, inspirational, and highly-illustrated introduction to the design potential of concrete and its vital role in contemporary architecture. It mixes key issues such as design, aesthetics, and sustainability with useful technical content, from guides to the basic principles (such as column sizes, slab thickness and types) to how to achieve many different concrete finishes.
Looking at striking examples of the uses of concrete, this new title illustrates how concrete has been used to best effect in both contemporary and classical buildings, from the Pantheon in Rome to those designed by architects such as Le Corbusier and Zaha Hadid.
Concrete: a studio design guide is an inspiring and accessible read. It will serve as an introduction to students and junior practicing architects as well as acting as a handy reference guide for more senior architects.
Based on real-world evidence and independent research, Sustainable Concrete Architecture provides designers with a tool to help calculate the total...
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In content, style and layout, guides to concrete construction tend to be turgid, grey and intent on rendering the subject rather less interesting than it need be. So Michael Stacey’s new book, Concrete: a Studio Design Guide, comes as something of a revelation. Packed with colourful and relevant images, Stacey brings an architects’ eye and academic’s rigour to the subject without losing either the authority or concision that are essential for any guide. Fundamental principles, detailed information and clear diagrams are combined with fascinating (and bang up-to-date) case studies in a compact format that shouldn’t fail to inspire the most jaded of practitioners. For students too it should provide a more diverting option than typical course books. Supported by The Concrete Centre, the book has its origins in research undertaken by Stacey with students at London Met and Nottingham University, where he is a professor.
First published in AT223, Novemeber 2011
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