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By Amy E. Slaton

Examining the proliferation of reinforced-concrete development within the usa after 1900, historian Amy E. Slaton considers how clinical ways and occupations displaced commonly expert exertions. The know-how of concrete buildings—little studied by means of historians of engineering, structure, or industry—offers a impressive case research within the modernization of yank production.

The use of concrete delivered to development the hot systems and priorities of mass construction. those incorporated a accomplished program of technology to business and massive redistributions of talents, possibilities, credits, and hazard within the office. bolstered concrete additionally replaced the yankee panorama as development dealers embraced the architectural uniformity and straightforwardness to which the expertise was once most suitable.

Based on a wealth of information that incorporates college curricula, laboratory and corporate files, organizational complaints, blueprints, and promotional fabrics in addition to a wealthy physique of actual proof similar to instruments, tools, development fabrics, and surviving reinforced-concrete structures, this e-book exams the thesis that glossy mass construction within the usa took place no longer easily in solution to brands' look for earnings, yet because of a fancy of occupational and cultural agendas.

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