Monuments to Man: The Impact and Influence of Concrete on Civilization

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Doug

As I recall there wasn't much enthusiasm when it was suggested at a Nomad Films production meeting that we make a film about concrete. That view changed when it was pointed out that we walk, drive and ride on it nearly every day of our lives.. We land our aircraft on it and use it to cross ...Read more

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