Construction witnessed a radical change in the 20th century. New needs, new programs and new techniques resulted in a complete transformation of the built environment. Architects and engineers embraced these new materials as a vehicle for new expressivities, which allowed for an idea of progress for society to shape what we now know as modern architecture.
Easy to produce and available in every geography, concrete became the most significant material in this change, extending to every single type of building: first industrial, then communications, housing, cultural, educational, health, leisure, etc.
Today, its legacy is part of our history. Recognizing the value of these 20th-century concrete buildings as heritage is essential, since it means recognizing the transformations society has undergone.
Within the framework of an ambitious project focused on the development of innovative techniques to preserve fair-faced concrete-based monuments, the Innova Concrete Selection of Significant 20th-Century Heritage Sites in Europe aims to raise awareness of the importance of concrete in the built heritage.