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The Rising Artistry of Tilt-up Concrete by Kristin Dispenza, CSI All photos courtesy Tilt-up Concrete Association MATERIALS WITH ORIGINS IN ENGINEERING OR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS OFTEN BECOME EMBRACED FOR THEIR ARTISTIC OR ARCHITECTURAL POTENTIAL. FOR EXAMPLE, WEATHERING STEEL WAS DEVELOPED IN THE 1930 S FOR RAILWAY COAL WAGONS, BUT EVENTUALLY BEGAN APPEARING AS CLADDING ON HIGH-PROFILE BUILDINGS IN THE 1960 S —ITS SIGNATURE BRAND NAME, COR-TEN, IS NOW UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AMONG DESIGNERS. Such break-out success is not uncommon in architecture. After all, experimenting with the aesthetic properties of an otherwise basic or practical building material has always been a hallmark of the discipline; this tendency only gained momentum in the 20 th century when the concept of functionalism was introduced. In the modern and post-modern eras, the line between form and function has been frequently crossed. Surprisingly, tilt-up construction, a method regularly selected for industrial and other plain applications following 10 the construction specifier | january 2014 CS_January_2014.indd 10 12/16/13 9:17 AM