Concrete 101

All about Concrete

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Concrete is a widely used building material of the modern time. It is resilient, it is easy to clean, it is efficient. Concrete  

The website Architect Magazine published a brief history of the concrete.   National Ready Mix Concrete Association

“One small niche of the residential market was the use of textured concrete block designed to simulate stone. This material hit its peak of popularity around 1910​, and it preceded the larger production of concrete block and was marketed as a do-it-yourself material. With a few molds and a concrete mixer​, an individual could go into business. Sears Roebuck & Co. was an early marketer of the equipment to make these concrete blocks.”

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Trivia, Trivia

Slideshare meanwhile provided six facts that ordinary people may not know about concrete.

“Making one tonne of cement requires two tonnes of raw material”

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Curbed also shared a post on historical trivia about concrete. “While precursors to concrete can be found back in Roman times (the term comes from the Latin word concretus, meaning compact or condensed), the modern version was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. British bricklayer Joseph Aspdin applied for a patent for Portland cement, named after an island near Dorset where it was quarried, in 1824. Initially, architects and engineers didn’t show much interest in the material. Ordinary builders and contractors were the first to pick it up and start experimenting.”

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So there goes concrete information on concrete.

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The Art in Murals

All About Murals

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Wall Murals continue to be considered a work of art.  They may be abstract, but they definitely convey a message from the artist that painted it. Cemented  

This is Colossal for instance shared amazing photos of murals that hide or highlight entryways. “Over the last year or so, German street artist 1010 (previously) created several of his fantastic spray paint portals in locations around Germany, Panama, and the United States. 1010 brings surprising layers of depth to drab facades and blank gallery walls by painting concentric layers of color. The artist most recently had a solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco titled Limbus.”

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Transforming Power

The Website Can You Actually.com meantime shared photos of magical bedroom murals. American Society of Concrete Contractors 

“European artist Bogi Fabian is turning ordinary rooms into a dreamy wonderland filled with dazzling and glowing wall murals. Her wall murals focus on creating a dream world achieved by painting floors and walls with glow-in-the-dark paint.”

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Australian Website ABC for its part featured a mural that depicted indigenous soldiers.” The artwork shows 18 servicemen of World War I who came from the region, which is Tanganikald country.”

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Where was the last time you saw a mural?

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Dream Home, Concrete Home

What you should know about homes made of concrete

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A Modern home is a concrete home. (Photo Credits) 

When one says “modern home,” an image of a concrete home is usually being conjured. After all, it is the strongest, and most resilient material available when reinforce with steel among other construction materials.

And what could be more futuristic and iconic than this concrete home featured over at inhabitat.com? Concrete 

“This crazy concrete home could make you seasick. Carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, Casa Brutale is a brutalist building reminiscent of the iconic Casa Malaparte in Naples, Italy, except it’s volumetrically inverted. The monolithic underground structure has a roof-mounted swimming pool that acts as a translucent ceiling, and a view that will definitely unsettle the faint-hearted.”

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Dream House

Another dream home has been constructed this time in Texas, as shared by the website Dwell.com. National Ready Mix Concrete Association         

“An eye-opening trip to Naoshima, Japan, convinced the Robertsons to find a way to build their dream. On the 3.15-square-mile island, they visited the Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum, a series of square, rectangular, and triangular volumes  embedded in a hillside, which house installations by James Turrell and Walter De Maria, as well as paintings by Claude Monet. Both museums were designed by architect Tadao Ando and are composed of concrete, a signature material that Ando has used to rich and evocative effect. The Robertsons were taken with the rawness and mystery of the spaces.

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Strength and reliability are also two of the factors why most homeowners choose concrete for their homes.

Q13Fox.com shares how resilient a concrete home can be against wild fires.

“One man rode out the firestorm in the comfort of his living room, even as a wall of flames 20 feet high marched right around him. ‘The fire was at this draw right here,’ said homeowner John Belles. ‘We didn’t have time to do much of anything. The fire was like 30 yards or so to the north of me when I decided to go into the building.’ Belles built his concrete, monolithic dome in 1999 after he bought some property near Riverside. It’s designed to withstand Mother Nature’s fury, and that’s exactly what it did as he rode out the firestorm inside.

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What do you love about your concrete home?

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