Concrete cheesecake

The Spring issue of Concrete Quarterly (which I edit for UBM and the Concrete Centre) was devoted to “cool”, so it’s only fitting that the cover paid tribute to the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who probably did more than anyone else over his long career to demonstrate exactly how cool concrete can look. Also featured: the Co-op’s new HQ building in Manchester, a crazy fractal-shaped Teahouse in Shanghai that is impossible to draw on a plan, and a surreal museum on the French Riviera that has been compared to a mysterious plant, “enchanted hair” and a cheesecake.