Before Steel
EUR 35.00
English, 236 pages, 200 illustrations, 16 x 24 cm, hardcover ISBN 978-3-7212-0756-9 Release date: 12/2010

Mario Rinke, Joseph Schwartz (eds.)

Before Steel

The introduction of structural iron and its consequences

Steel is one of the most important building materials of our time, and is closely related to notions of “modern” construction or modern architecture in general. This book aims not only to illustrate the beginnings of steel’s usage as a building material, it also endeavors to show the theoretical, practical, formal, and cultural consequences of these beginnings 200 years ago.

The volume looks critically at the many-layered connections between architecture and engineering, and at the dramatically changing way in which the disciplines understand themselves. All of this is contextualized by examining the usage of iron, the new structural building material, during the industrialization period. For this purpose, many notable authors from various disciplines contribute their view.

_ overview of steel as a building material
_ historical outline to show the theoretical, practical, formal, and cultural consequences
_ critical look at the connections between architecture and engineering
_ contributions by authors from different fields

The book received the German architecture book award 2011 in the category «Historische Materialkunde» (historic material) of the German Architecture Museum Frankfurt.