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The Age of Concrete

It a1ways causes a11 excitement in the world of artists when they are presented with a new medium or material in which to work. Many of them immediately jump to the conclusion that here is an opportunity to accomplish something new, either to create a new style or else in some way or other to extend the range of art. There has never been an age in which the desire for novelty was so strong as it is today , and when the members of two great professions, namely, those of engineering and architecture become acquainted with a medium such as ferro-concrete they may be pardoned for supposing that a great new field of endeavour and achievement is at hand. The number of publications expounding and advertising the virtues of concrete multiplies apace. We learn of the construction of concrete roads, concrete buildings, concrete ships and even concrete furniture and housing utensils. There appears to be no limit to the number of objects which can be made of this material. Yet it is clear that the artists and constructors who wish to distinguish themselves by doing something new with this material will be obliged to recognise the fact that they will not add very much to their reputation for inventive capacity if they merely reproduce in concrete objects of the same shape as those which were formally constructed of wood, stone or brick. A. Trystan Edwards

Author(s): Edwards, A Trystan

Keywords: concrete;architecture;philosophy