“Failed Stone: Problems and Solutions With Concrete and Masonry,” written by Patrick Loughran, is aimed principally at architects and engineers and their clients. However, it may intrigue concrete contractors and artisans as well. Published by Birkhauser and distributed in the United States by Springer, it’s packed with illustrations and information that explore different kinds of concrete and the way each can develop defects.
A write-up on Springer’s Web site offers some detail: “Concrete and stone seem made to last forever. But the fact is they develop problems. It is not always as dramatic as the collapse of a section of the roof of the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in 2004. Gradual changes also occur that may compromise the appearance and structural soundness of buildings constructed with these materials. These changes can be created by efflorescence, thermal stress, weathering, leakage and corrosion.
“This book explains how to avoid typical kinds of failure. With this in mind, it systematically analyzes cases of damage in contemporary international architecture. It also offers strategies for minimizing the risk of damage. Examples include such highvisibility structures as Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Parco della Musica in Rome and Vontz Center for Molecular Studies in Cincinnati. In eight chapters, typical kinds of damage are explained and illustrated with examples.”