Edited by William Hall
New York/London: Phaidon Press, 2012
With interest in Brutalism has also come a new focus on concrete as a structural and architectural material worth of its own expression. The new book Concrete edited by William Hall and with an essay by Leonard Koren groups works of concrete in a number of categories that explore its visual, physical and sculptural characteristics and includes chapters titled Form, Texture, Juxtaposition, Landscape, Light Mass, Presence and Scale. It juxtaposes well-known and predictable historic examples from such architects as Auguste Perret, Le Corbusier, Kenzo Tange, Oscar Niemeyer and Louis Kahn, among others, next to buildings of more recent vintage by Zaha Hadid, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando or OMA to name only a few. In both its scope and categorization it presents concrete in a new light and, if there ever was any doubt, as a material with its own aesthetics and expression. While the book is not intended to be a historical survey, it provides a comprehensive overview of concrete architecture of the second half of the 20th Century. The book is handsomely produced and profusely illustrated in both color and black and white.