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Concrete

From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future

by Mary Soderstrom

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Imagine what the world would be like without concrete: there’d be no high-rises, no grand irrigation projects, no lettuce from southern climes in the winter, no multi-lane highways crisscrossing continents, a shortage of electricity, more mud in some places, more solitude in others. But because of the fossil fuels and other resources required to make concrete, there also would be less CO2 in the atmosphere and less dramatic climate change. In Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future, Soderstrom tells the story of concrete’s glorious past, extravagant present, and uncertain future with careful research, lively anecdotes, and thoughtful reflection. The framework for this exploration is one the Romans—famous for concrete structures that are still strong—would understand: the four elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air.

About the Author
Mary Soderstrom's Green City: People, Nature & Urban Places was selected as one of the Globe & Mail's 100 Best Books of 2007. She is the author of Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens (Véhicule, 2001). In fall 2008, Cormorant will be publishing her novel, The Violets of Usambara. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Plant and Garden, and the Globe & Mail. She lives in Montreal and is Quill & Quire's Quebec correspondent.
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