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Concrete

Brazilian Houses: 20 Concrete Projects in Plan and Section

06:00 - 10 November, 2018
Brazilian Houses: 20 Concrete Projects in Plan and Section, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

Concrete may be the material most associated with modern Brazilian architecture; high resistance to compression and, when armed, capable of assuming various forms. Its plasticity has made it a favorite material for some of Brazil's most expressive architects of the last century.

Today, it is still widely explored in the architectural production of Brazil, either for its structural robustness, ease of maintenance, or aesthetic value.

Zaha Hadid Architects and ETH Zurich Create 3D Knitted Concrete Pavilion Transportable via Suitcase

09:00 - 5 November, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects and ETH Zurich Create 3D Knitted Concrete Pavilion Transportable via Suitcase, © Philippe Block via ZHA
© Philippe Block via ZHA

ETH Zurich, working in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHCODE) and Architecture Extrapolated (R-Ex) have unveiled a 3D-knitted shell serving as the primary shaping element for curved concrete structures.

The “KnitCandela” prototype represents the first application of this technology at an architectural scale, a five-tonne concrete structure on display at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City.

© Juan Pablo Allegre via ZHA © Leo Bieling via ZHA © Lex Reiter via ETH Zurich © Maria Verhulst via ETH Zurich + 14

Jean Nouvel's Vibrant La Marseillaise is Completed with 27 Shades of Red, White, and Blue

11:00 - 2 November, 2018
Jean Nouvel's Vibrant La Marseillaise is Completed with 27 Shades of Red, White, and Blue, © Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)
© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S)

The Jean Nouvel-designed La Marseillaise has been completed, decorating the skyline of Marseille, France with 27 shades of red, white, and blue concrete. Standing at 135 meters, the 31-story office tower contains a business restaurant, nursery, and retail.

The scheme sits in proximity to the CMA CGM Headquarters, which was the first Zaha Hadid Architects-designed tower to be built.

© Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S) © Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S) © Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S) © Stéphane ABOUDARAM | WE ARE CONTENT(S) + 14

Peter Zumthor's Rammed Concrete Retreat for Living Architecture Nears Completion in England

11:00 - 30 October, 2018
Peter Zumthor's Rammed Concrete Retreat for Living Architecture Nears Completion in England, Courtesy of Living Architecture
Courtesy of Living Architecture

Living Architecture has published photographs of the Peter Zumthor-designed “Secular Retreat” as it nears completion in Chivelstone, Devon. The retreat will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first permanent building in the UK.

The dramatic, layered concrete and glass retreat is the seventh commission in the Living Architecture series, “designed by leading artists and architects in distinctive, unique sites across England.

Courtesy of Living Architecture Courtesy of Living Architecture Courtesy of Living Architecture Courtesy of Living Architecture + 9

Experimenting with Concrete Models: More Mass Doesn't Mean Less Light

08:00 - 21 October, 2018
Experimenting with Concrete Models: More Mass Doesn't Mean Less Light, Dramatic Art Center_1. Image Courtesy of LLATAS
Dramatic Art Center_1. Image Courtesy of LLATAS

The contact between hands and models should never be lost. Going into this experience provokes silence, forcing us to think about the care that goes into concrete models. Few words are needed, as models often tell us everything we need to know through the beauty and simplicity that goes into their creation and the importance of the manual process in an architect's work. 

3N1_3. Image Courtesy of LLATAS Dramatic Art Center_4. Image Courtesy of LLATAS National Museum_4. Image Courtesy of LLATAS Monumental Venice_7. Image Courtesy of LLATAS + 48

Wood and Concrete: Impressive Examples in Indian Architecture

22:30 - 14 October, 2018
© Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

Greatly influenced by the modern movement--and in particular the presence of Le Corbusier--contemporary Indian architecture reflects a mixture of traditional and western references. Using mainly local materials such as brick, concrete and stone, Indian buildings stand out with their high visual impact and a assertive heaviness. 

Because of its scarcity, wood is mostly used in details and finishes rather than as main structures. Some of the most successful architects in India have managed to gracefully balance the use of concrete and wood in a gentle gesture that evokes elegance and rough textures.

Here we present some of the best examples of contemporary Indian architecture that have used both concrete and wood in a harmonious and attractive way.

This Sound-Proof Installation was Built by Compressing Concrete and Bubble Wrap

05:00 - 11 October, 2018
This Sound-Proof Installation was Built by Compressing Concrete and Bubble Wrap, © Per Lundström
© Per Lundström
© Per Lundström
© Per Lundström

An installation at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden is made entirely of translucent concrete panels. Composed of concrete and bubble wrap, the site blends both high and low technology processes. This high-tech lecture hall is an amorphous space with unique acoustic qualities. 

The panels were created by compressing High-Performance Concrete between two layers of Bubble-Wrap. With 262,500 cavities and 1,000,000 membrane-perforations, the material creates a diffused echo-free ambiance.

Concrete Vessel / Atelier FCJZ

20:00 - 8 October, 2018
Concrete Vessel / Atelier FCJZ, Light Trans-missive Concrete Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian
Light Trans-missive Concrete Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian

Entrance Concrete Door. Image © Fangfang Tian Interior Space. Image © Fangfang Tian Atrium and Green Plant. Image © Fangfang Tian Concrete Bed. Image © Fangfang Tian + 20

The Modernist Skopje Map, A Pocket Guide to Brutalist Architecture in Macedonia’s Capital

08:00 - 28 September, 2018
The Modernist Skopje Map, A Pocket Guide to Brutalist Architecture in Macedonia’s Capital, Courtesy of Blue Crow Media
Courtesy of Blue Crow Media

Skopje, the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia, is home to many of the best international examples of Brutalist architecture. Once a part of the former Yugoslavia, the city features the work of architectural visionaries such as Kenzo Tange, Janko Konstantinov, and Marko Mušič. The “Modernist Skopje Map” is Blue Crow Media’s most recent map in a series of publications covering architectural history in former Yugoslavia.

Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media + 9

Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia

12:00 - 24 September, 2018
Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia, Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon
Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon

Oppenheim Architecture has released an update of their proposed Star Metals development in Atlanta, Georgia. Spread over two schemes, the project seeks to “shift the paradigm of what’s possible for new urban environments” through a 1.36 million-square-foot masterplan.

The Oppenheim scheme consists of a 14-story “Star Metals Offices” building, accommodating offices, terraces, parking, and retail, and a nine-story “Star Metals Residences” building with over 400 residential units.

Street view of Star Metals Residences. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon Terrace view of Star Metals Offices. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Taller De Escalas + 8

A History of Concrete Molds, From Thomas Edison's Failed Cement Company to "Habitat 67"

06:00 - 25 August, 2018
A History of Concrete Molds, From Thomas Edison's Failed Cement Company to "Habitat 67", Denis Tremblay <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/parcoursriverain/36163062996'>Via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)</a>. Image Habitat 67
Denis Tremblay Via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Image Habitat 67

The use of concrete in construction is probably one of the main trademarks of 20th century architecture. Concrete is composed of a combination of materials which when mixed with water solidify into the shape of the container where it is poured in. In this sense, it is the container or the ‘moulds’ who rule the outcome. The reuse of molds for casting concrete is a technique used to replicate and control the production of concrete elements or buildings. Architects and designers have used/created diverse types of molds and casting techniques to explore the limits of the material.

Tips For Using Concrete in Architecture

08:00 - 21 August, 2018
Tips For Using Concrete in Architecture, <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/stankuns/4941477191'>© via Flickr Fernando Stankuns </a> Licença CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. ImageFAUUSP / Vilanova Artigas
© via Flickr Fernando Stankuns Licença CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. ImageFAUUSP / Vilanova Artigas

In the eyes of an architect, concrete is practically a fetish. Currently, it's used in a wide range of projects and buildings, from infrastructure to residential, and offers an architect a great deal of freedom in generating eye-catching results. To start, we will show you how to pre-dimension concrete structures and understand what cracks in concrete structures mean. Continue reading to get our tips on how to use concrete and get the best result possible.

The Deadly Genoa Bridge Collapse was Predicted, and Avoidable

12:00 - 15 August, 2018
The Deadly Genoa Bridge Collapse was Predicted, and Avoidable, Image: said.touama. <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/BmdtD8BHtuY/'>Via Instagram</a>
Image: said.touama. Via Instagram

39 people are now reported to have died following the collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy. The incident happened on Tuesday 14th August, when one of the bridge’s structural components, comprising of pre-stressed concrete stays and trestles, collapsed onto a railway line and warehouse 150 feet (45 meters) below.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known, however, attention is now turning to the bridge’s maintenance record, concerns of its integrity stretching back decades, and how the collapse sits within the broader context of aging Italian infrastructure.

Could Carrots Make Concrete Stronger and Greener?

12:00 - 10 August, 2018
via flickr user conchur licenced under CC BY 2.0
via flickr user conchur licenced under CC BY 2.0

Carrots cannot help you see in the dark, but they could make your buildings stronger, and more environmentally friendly. Engineers at Lancaster University in the UK have worked in collaboration with Cellucomp Ltd UK to study the effects of adding “nano platelets” extracted from the fibers of root vegetables to enhance the performance of concrete mixtures.

The vegetable-composite concretes, made from vegetables such as sugar beet or carrot, have structurally and environmentally out-performed all commercially-available cement additives, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, doing so at a much lower cost. 

Drone Footage Shows Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower Nearing Completion

12:00 - 8 August, 2018

New drone footage and photographs have been released of the One Thousand Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, as work progresses in Miami, Florida. Having topped out in February 2018, the 62-story residential tower is due for completion later in the year.

The new imagery showcases the 700-foot-high (210-meter-high) tower’s curved structural exoskeleton, comprising 5,000 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete. The photo gallery also offers some of the first images of the scheme’s interior spaces, still under construction, showing the influence of the exoskeleton on the internal environment.

Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum + 29

How to Bring Construction into the Future

09:30 - 3 August, 2018
How to Bring Construction into the Future, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects. ImageOne Thousand Museum high-rise residential building in Miami, Florida, will feature a curving exoskeleton finished with glass fiber-reinforced concrete.
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects. ImageOne Thousand Museum high-rise residential building in Miami, Florida, will feature a curving exoskeleton finished with glass fiber-reinforced concrete.

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "The 4 Forces That Will Take on Concrete and Make Construction Smart."

When it comes to building a bridge, what prevents it from having the most enduring and sustainable life span? What is its worst enemy? The answer is, simply, the bridge itself—its own weight.

Built with today’s construction processes, bridges and buildings are so overly massed with energy and material that they’re inherently unsustainable. While concrete is quite literally one of the foundations of modern construction, it’s not the best building material. It’s sensitive to pollution. It cracks, stains, and collapses in reaction to rain and carbon dioxide. It’s a dead weight: Take San Francisco’s sinking, leaning Millennium Tower as an example.

Modern, smart construction can and will do better. A convergent set of technologies will soon radically change how the construction industry builds and what it builds with.

Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions

08:00 - 1 August, 2018
Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Concrete to Create New Compositions, © Madhava Kalmar
© Madhava Kalmar

Inspired by two of the oldest techniques in architecture, fluting, and reeding, Brooklyn-based GRT Architects have developed a series of modular concrete pieces that update the Greek tradition, varying its classic composition.

© Madhava Kalmar © Madhava Kalmar © Madhava Kalmar © Madhava Kalmar + 13

Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper

06:00 - 1 August, 2018
Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper , Courtesy of Doug and Wolf
Courtesy of Doug and Wolf

A beautifully delicate design by ingenhoven architects, in cooperation with architectus, has bested series of internationally acclaimed architects to design Sydney’s tallest residential tower at 505-523 George Street. The 79-storey skyscraper will reach 270m, and include several uses, ranging from high-quality living and retail to hotel and leisure. The designers hope the tower will be “a profoundly visible landmark standing for an economical, environmental and socially sustainable, future-oriented development”.

Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf + 12