Why concrete?

Fair-faced concrete is the big re-discovery of contemporary architecture. International architecture, such as international press, technical researches, regulations and specifications are focusing more and more on the architectural and technical application of fair-faced concrete. In Western Europe and in the developed world research workshops are producing newer and newer innovative results (such as self-cleaning concrete, light transmitting concrete, furniture made of concrete etc.). Quality concrete construction, especially the building of fair-faced concrete is already regarded as high technology and is in the top category of building industry.

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After the modern architectural conventions of the first half of the 20th century concrete is becoming a space shaping material by the new generation of architects and engineers. Concrete is not only a structure anymore but it is also the materialistic expression of space. This kind of architectural and engineering mentality deals with the created object as an indissoluble unit; materials, forms, and surfaces are performing the realization of a uniform architectural concept. The masterpieces of this mentality are being built all around the world.

The demand for fair-faced concrete surfaces is growing in Hungary as well. Nowadays, the label ?fair-faced concrete surface? can be seen on more and more working drawings whereas one can hardly come across any realized examples. Although the technology is available ? so where is the problem then?

The goal of the symposium

The formwork (as mould) and the concrete (as living material) create the eventual surface of the fair-faced concrete ? thus building technology becomes primary architecture. So the design and building of fair-faced concrete are hardly separable. Hence the design of exposed concrete requires a new designing approach:  one has to deal with questions about construction technology already during the design phase. However in Hungary information and knowledge in connection with fair-faced concrete are barely available for architects. The lack of information, experience and knowledge about fair-faced concrete hinders the realization of quality exposed concrete structures.

The goal of the symposium is to make the essential information on fair-faced concrete accessible for designing architects, to familiarize them with the potentials and limits, to draw attention to the achievements of contemporary concrete architecture. The symposium wants to create a professional connection between the questions in design and the aspects of construction of fair-faced concrete. Hence there are designers as well as architects and practicing contractors among the invited lecturers of this conference.