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Title: The Aesthetics of Concrete

Joint Sustainability Initiative
  • The Aesthetics of Concrete

The Joint Sustainability Initiative (JSI) is a
multi-association effort of the concrete
structures industry supply chain to take unified
and integrated action on Sustainable Development
JSI members have signed a joint agreement
committing to act on 9 Declarations. http//
Declaration 4 addresses the 8 Social
Values of Concrete Structures
Declaration 4
Our integrated thinking will focus on the
following Social Values provided by Concrete
Structures 1. Resource efficiency 5.
Longevity/durability 2. Safety/protection 6.
By-product reduction 3. Financial
responsibility 7. Aesthetics 4. Operational
continuity 8. Societal connectivity
Joint Sustainability Initiative - Social Value 7
  • Concrete Structures Social Value
  • The Aesthetics of Concrete

Aesthetics What it Means
A branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of
beauty, art, and taste.
  • There are three forms of visual art Painting
    is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk
    around, and architecture is art you can walk
    - Dan Rice
  • The purpose of architecture is to shelter and
    enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his
    belief in the nobility of his existence -

    - Eero Saarinen

Vitruvius fermitas, utilitas,
venustas Firmness, Commodity, and Delight
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Glen Canyon Dam, Utah
Confederation Bridges, PEI, Canada
Aesthetics in Concrete
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Hoover Dam, Arizona
Because of this, originality consists in
returning to the origin. - Antonio Gaudi
Historic Structures
Pantheon Rome circa 112 ad
Architecture is the very mirror of life. You
only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel
the presence of the past, the spirit of a place
they are the reflection of society.
- I M Pei
City Skylines shaped with Concrete
Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which
acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the
soul. - Ernest Dimnet
Concrete Building Systems
Structures for Transportation
Rogue River Bridge, Oregon
Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from
selection, affinities, integration, love. -
Louis Kahn
Beauty can be expressed in the structural
efficiency, simplicity, and repetition of a
Millau Viaduct, France
Structures for the Masses
TWA Terminal, New York
DULLES International, Virginia
The purpose of architecture is to shelter and
enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his
belief in the nobility of his existence - Eero
Structures as Form
Miami Childrens Museum, Florida
  • A bold architectural statement turns a public
    building into a landmark, but it is in the
    details where the architect becomes the real
    storyteller. - Curtis Fentress

Structures that Serve
Less is More Mies van der Rohe
Public Building, Chandigarh, India
Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, St. George, UT
Structures That Celebrate
Every great architect is - necessarily - a great
poet. He must be a great original interpreter of
his time, his day, his age. - Frank
Lloyd Wright
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Structures As Art
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Guggenheim Museum, New York City
The mother art is architecture. Without an
architecture of our own we have no soul of our
own civilization. - Frank Lloyd Wright
Structures that Inspire
Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France
Architecture is the learned game, correct and
magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
- Le Corbusier
Structures for the Spirit
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the
human race. Not only every religious symbol, but
every human thought has its page in that vast
book. Victor Hugo
Structures for Living
Form follows function. ? - Louis Sullivan
Kaufman Residence, Pennsylvania
Hundertwasserhaus, Austria
Structures for Work
Architecture should speak of its time and place,
but yearn for timelessness. Frank Gehry
Johnson Wax, Wisconsin
Structures for Commerce
Stapleton B-4, Denver, CO
Falls Point Shopping Center Raleigh, NC
Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings
speak for themselves. - Julia Morgan
Structures for Entertainment
Sibaya Casino, South Africa
Architecture is the triumph of human imagination
over materials, methods, and men, to put man into
possession of his own earth. -
Frank Lloyd Wright
Structures as Sculpture
All architecture is shelter, all great
architecture is the design of space that
contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates persons
in that space. - Philip
Structures for Landscapes
Structures as Scenery
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -
Leonardo da Vinci
Concrete Surfaces for Work and Play
Concrete is our Future
Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest of
all the arts. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thank You
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Shotcrete Association
  • American Society of Concrete Contractors
  • Architectural Precast Association
  • Cast Stone Institute
  • Concrete Foundations Association
  • Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
  • Concrete Sawing Drilling Association
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
  • International Concrete Repair Institute
  • National Concrete Masonry Association
  • National Precast Concrete Association
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Portland Cement Association
  • Post-Tensioning Institute
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
  • RMC Research and Education Foundation
  • Silica Fume Association
  • Tile Roofing Institute
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Association