Category Archives: Concrete

Curving iron and stone I

I’ve not looked at any Art Nouveau since my school days – despite it being the Art Nouveau works by creative geniuses such as Gustav Klimt and Victor Horta that got me hooked on art in the first place. During a … Continue reading

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Natural Flux, Concrete and Bonsai

Natural Flux was a show held at Brick Lane Gallery in November 2013, conceived and curated by bonsai artist Peter Warren, who is based in London. The aim of the show was to exhibit bonsai trees, as a contemporary art … Continue reading

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Naoshima Paradise – Part 3, Chichu Art Museum – 地中美術館、直島

Ando Tadao’s Chichu Art Museum, completed in 2004, is located in a site of incredible natural beauty next to the Seto Inland Sea, Japan.  The museum is built entirely underground so that it doesn’t interfere with the surrounding environment and … Continue reading

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Naoshima Paradise – Part I, Benesse House ベネッセハウス、直島パラダイス

Naoshima is an extraordinary island dedicated to nurturing fine art, sculpture, contemporary architecture and design within a natural landscape of breath taking beauty. Located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan Naoshima is renowned for its collection of contemporary art … Continue reading

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How to make concrete: PART 3 – Calculating ratios for concrete

This blog post provides basic information about calculating concrete ratios – the weight and proportions of each material to put in a concrete mix.  It may be useful to read the previous 2 parts of this blog first which introduce … Continue reading

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How to make concrete: PART 2b – Admixtures and additives

Following on from the previous blog, which explored the key materials that form concrete, this blog explores additives and admixtures.  These are materials and chemicals that come in powder and liquid form.  They are added to a concrete mix to … Continue reading

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How to make concrete: PART 2a – Materials

Continuing from the basic introduction to the concrete making process in the previous blog, this blog focuses on the main materials in concrete: cement, aggregate and water.  Gaining an insight into the material’s characteristics can open up a wider knowledge … Continue reading

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