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Title: Paradigms in Concrete Design and Aesthetics
Author(s): Moncef Nehdi and Andres Bernal
Publication: Concrete International
Appears on pages(s): 60-64
Keywords: Design, paradigm, aesthetics, color, shape
Abstract:Design of concrete structures has traditionally been perceived as a problem-solving exercise whereby the designer tries to develop an economic and functional structure that satisfies a set of design code provisions and meets a client’s needs. This article advocates a paradigm shift for concrete design to rather become a problem-finding process in which the aesthetic, social and environmental value of a structure becomes a central part of its functional design. Concrete has a substantial aesthetic potential, being a versatile design medium that lends itself to boundless creative shapes and visual treatments.
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