Concrete – First Look

When the ancient Romans perfected the use of concrete as a substitute for stone, a higher level of civilization was made possible. Not only could sturdy buildings be made faster, but also higher, and with much more visual appeal because of the broad, open spaces which could be easily created. It seemed almost like magic. Concrete made possible the construction of soaring spaces, broad domes, huge stadiums, long-span bridges, institutions, roads, sidewalks, and homes – everything from hovels to apartments to palaces.

When steel reinforcement was introduced in the 18th century, the only limit became the sky itself.


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