A perspective journey through contemporary precast concrete architecture

Hardly any other building material is in such demand by architects and is more diverse in use than concrete. This is once again reflected in contemporary architecture. The material that was mostly used previously for construction, has since become an architectural statement of the surface, that emphasises its message selfconfidently both visually and haptically. Concrete as a styling medium and design form of modern architecture is experiencing a true renaissance. Of course not just the aesthetes but also the technologists have taken on the material in the past few years. Concrete technological innovations and developments pave the way for a new exciting future. 3D-printing and divers digital methods, self-compacting and ultrahigh- performance concretes promise sculptural and filigree constructions and an architecture that could not be built in the past. Glass fiber and textile reinforced or even translucent concrete open up the range of possibilities that concrete architecture offers the planners nowadays. The presentation takes you on a rush journey through current and progressive precast concrete architecture around the globe. 

Juergen Glaesle, Editor-in-chief of opus C, Germany

Dipl.-Ing. Juergen Glaesle studied structural engineering and architecture in Stuttgart/Germany and Leeds/England. After his studies he worked in various engineering offices in England and Germany. Since 2002 he has been a journalist in the concrete sector, since 2005 as the Editor-in-chief of the professional magazine “opus C – Architektur & Design mit Beton” (Concrete Architecture & Design) for the German-speaking architectural community.