Concrete

Phaidon Releases Compendium of Concrete Architecture

Concrete, a new book published by Phaidon, does ample justice to both concrete's "greatest hits" as well as its least-admired manifestations.

Concrete, edited by William Hall with an essay by Leonard Karen, $49.95 US/CAN, Phaidon March 2013, www.phaidon.com When I encounter a book dust jacket that’s textured to the touch I usually assume that it’s a willful distraction from the contents within; not so with Phaidon’s Concrete. Its striated cover perfectly evokes its complex subject.  Concrete, despite its historical roles from the…