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Concrete Trajectories: Timeline of Concrete in Architecture and Engineeering

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication typeNot Eligible
EventSolid States: Concrete in Transition. Columbia University Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Building Materials - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Colubia University, New York, United States
Duration: 1 Oct 200831 Oct 2008
Conference number: 2


ConferenceSolid States
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Internet address


Concrete Trajectories is a visualization on the themes in the development of concrete. The research and its design as a visual map respond to Adrian Forty´s assertion on the discontinuous nature of major developments in concrete. According to Forty, the pattern has been for new principles to be developed just so far and then abandoned for wholly new trajectories. The exhibition challenges Forty´s assumption, tracing possible evolutions and trajectories using a diagram, and paying special attention to aspects such as the implications of concrete and tis variants for the questions of architectural type and form, the territorial and sociopolitical dimension, and the contributions of the speakers participating in the conference Solid States. The exhibition also offers a survey of images that comprise a tribute to inspiring concrete engineering and architectural landmarks.


  • Concrete, Architecture, Engineering