Concrete: From the Ground Up
author: Larissa Theule
illustrator: Steve Light
From a lowly mixture of stone, sand, water, and cement have sprung sidewalks, streets, and skyscrapers, sturdy lighthouses and magnificent palaces, long bridges and massive dams. In ancient building practices, in modern engineering, and in the architecture of the future, humble concrete plays a mighty role in the creation of the human-made world. Brimming with facts and spiced with clever running narrative in the form of repartee-filled speech bubbles, Concrete is as intimate and entertaining as it is informative and visually sweeping. Curious readers of all agesófrom would-be engineers to science and history buffs to retro-design loversówill delight in this bold, one-of-a-kind guide to the (literal) bedrock of civilization, amplified by a bibliography in the back matter.
A stylish, eye-opening, utterly engaging, and often wry look at one of the marvels of the material world, from the ground up.