Fifty shades of grey

Concrete moulded into the shape of crumpled fabric, concrete that emits light, concrete that develops patterns as it eats pollution from the air, concrete walls inset with jewels and gold… if you think of concrete as a predominantly solid, grey and rather boring material, think again. The summer 2013 issue of Concrete Quarterly, which I edit for UBM and The Concrete Centre, features many surprising and beautiful examples of finishes, structures and works of art created by concrete’s devotees. Our cover star, meanwhile, is Foster + Partners’ Queen Alia Airport in Jordan, with some photos that could have come straight out of Star Wars.