Concrete and Culture: A Material History
Adrian Forty

Paperback | Oct 2016 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780236360 | 304pp | 220x171mm | RFB | AUD$49.99, NZD$59.99
Hardback | May 2012 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781861898975 | 304pp | 220x171mm | RFB | AUD$75.00, NZD$89.99

Almost three tons of concrete are produced each year for every person on the planet; only water is consumed more per head of population. Now used almost universally in modern construction, concrete polarizes opinion: provoking intense loathing and fervent passion in others. Concrete and Culture breaks new ground by charting concrete's effects on culture since its reinvention in the modern period, examining the ways it has changed our understanding of nature, of time and of materiality. This book discusses architects' responses to and uses of concrete while also taking into account the role it has played in politics, literature, cinema and labour relations, as well as in present day arguments about sustainability.