Concrete is the single most used material on the planet, but apparently not that appealing to most people–until now. It's finally taking its place as a cultural icon, asserts Mark Miodownik in a recent article for The Guardian newspaper. According to Miodownik:
No matter how beautiful [people] find the Sydney Opera House, how sublime they find the Millau viaduct or how awestruck they are by visiting the Hoover dam, concrete’s image never seems to improve. However, perceptions may now be changing as new forms – such as self-healing concrete – are being brought into production ... these new materials have the potential to change how concrete looks after itself, and thus how we feel about it.