Roll up, roll up…

Concrete-as-circus-strongman emerges as the theme of the latest issue of Concrete Quarterly, produced by my company Wordmule for the Concrete Centre. At One World Trade Center in New York, a super-strength concrete backbone is at the core of what its developers intend to be the most robust tower in the world. In Beirut, most of Zaha Hadid’s concrete Issam Fares Institute hangs from an astonishing 21m cantilever over a concrete campus, while at the Rambert Ballet’s new HQ on the south bank of the Thames, witness dazzling structural gymnastics as a light-but-incredibly-strong structure supports an 18m column-free span to replicate the stage at Saddler’s Wells. And in our Final Frame back cover slot, there’s Christian de Portzamparc’s Cidade Das Artes in Rio – an entire city under a mighty 46,000m2 slab roof. Take your pick from the classic magazine version in PDF form or the more tablet-friendly interactive edition.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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