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"Well researched and conceptually rich... a superior social history of concrete industrial buildings and the people—from engineers to workers—responsible for them."

"[This] book is powerful; its claims are large and its analysis persuasive... [Slaton's] ability to present the continuities rather than the boundaries should give this book a wide readership; even if you are not interested in reinforced concrete, you should be."

"The social effects and cultural influences of a new aesthetic in the built environment that Slaton explores are helpful to business and architectural historians alike... In a sophisticated and analytical vein, Slaton offers an alternative to many accounts of changes in American business that stress a search for productive efficiency driven by managerial innovation."

"Well-researched, readable, and informative, the publication will be of interest to those concerned with both the technology and the social history of reinforced-concrete building."

"[Slaton] makes good use of source material to make the case that forces other than simplistic technical imperatives drove an ideology of modernism within the concrete industry, precipitating conditions mediating the relationship of labor and technology, conditions that differed significantly from those prevalent in the wood and masonry building trades. She drives her point home with conviction."

"Slaton's work is a sophisticated marriage of sociology and history."

"A valuable contribution to a growing body of literature devoted to the history of the industrial production, design application, and cultural appreciation of modern materials."

"Solidly researched, clearly and soundly argued, Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American Building, 1900-1930 is an exciting and provocative contribution to our understanding of the intersections among commerce, technology, and science at the turn of the twentieth century."

Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American Building, 1900-1930
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2001
Status: Backorder
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 272 pages
Illustrations: 11 halftones, 7 line drawings
ISBN: 9780801865596