Architect's Approach to Architectural Concrete


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Title: Architect's Approach to Architectural Concrete

Author(s): Gyo Obata

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 65

Issue: 7

Appears on pages(s): 515-519

Keywords: architectural concrete;architecture;coatings;concrete;exposed aggregate concrete;long span;office buildings;precast concrete;public buildings;school buildings;shells (structural forms);surface finishes (hardened concrete).

Date: 7/1/1968

The choice of material is but one part of architectural design. When an architect selects concrete, he must first consider whether it is appropriate in structural terms; Then he must consider whether concrete is aesthetically right for the given project. The uses of concrete are varied and the results can be both structurally sound and beautiful to see. An architectural viewpoint is presented on the use of concrete as a structure and concrete as an aesthetic finish.