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Failed Stone

Problems and Solutions with Concrete and Masonry

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Pages 10-21
  3. Pages 22-33
  4. Pages 34-47
  5. Pages 48-69
  6. Pages 70-91
  7. Pages 92-107
  8. Pages 108-129
  9. Pages 130-151
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 152-160

About this book


Concrete and stone seem made to last forever. But the fact is they develop problems. It is not always as dramatic as the collapse of a section of the roof of the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in 2004. Gradual changes also occur that may compromise the appearance and structural soundness of buildings constructed with these materials. These changes can be created by efflorescence, thermal stress, weathering, leakage and corrosion.

This book explains how to avoid typical kinds of failure. With this in mind, it systematically analyzes cases of damage in contemporary international architecture. It also offers strategies for minimizing the risk of damage. Examples include such high-visibility structures as Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Parco della Musica in Rome and Vontz Center for Molecular Studies in Cincinnatti. In eight chapters, typical kinds of damage are explained and illustrated with examples.


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About the authors

Patrick Loughran is an architect and engineer and has worked as a façade designer in Chicago since 1994. His book Falling Glass: Problems and Solutions in Contemporary Architecture analyzes damage and defects of glass facades and was also published by Birkhäuser.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Failed Stone
  • Book Subtitle Problems and Solutions with Concrete and Masonry
  • Authors Patrick Loughran
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser 2007
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-7643-7329-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-7643-8285-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 159
  • Number of Illustrations 119 b/w illustrations, 219 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Basics of Construction
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