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Corrugated Iron Building on the Frontier by Adam Mornement & Simon Holloway

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Corrugated Iron describes the history and recent revival of a building material once revered as a miracle of the industrial age.

Corrugated iron is much more than a cheap roofing material. It is a durable, biodegradable and environmentally-sound cladding system, sufficiently versatile to create one-off works of architectural sculpture and to house thousands in disaster zones. It can offer sleek lines, machine production and replicable components and the low-tech aspiration for affordability and ease of construction.

Today it is the material of preference for a new generation of architects, who have harnessed its versatility and character for a wide range of residential, corporate and industrial uses. This revival has coincided with an upsurge in enthusiasm for older corrugated iron buildings - which now tend to be either listed or rusting gently into the landscape.

Adam Mornement became fascinated by the story of corrugated iron. As well as uncovering remarkable facts from archives around the world, he has interviewed the leading architects in the field and had privileged access to their files.

This book is a hymn to a humble building material. - Age

An enthralling piece of social and global history told through the biography of this seemingly mundane material... this book is a very enjoyable trawl through its obscure and deeply fascinating history. - Financial Times

The frontier in terms of adverturous construction and far flung sites. - Times

A fascinating work. And for the quality of illustrations alone, this book is in a class of its own compared with most of the volumes reviewed in these pages. - Construction History

Format: 295mm x 250mm, 200 b/w photographs and architectural drawings

Code No. 015702, 224 pages, ISBN 9780711226548, $70.00

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