Paper by CHRISTORY DE POULPIQUET GENET DE BROUTELLES ABDO from ISCR 12th 2014 Prague Czech Republic
Urban roadways and public spaces are major fields of application for road concrete in France. Specialised contracting firms have gradually refined the finishes, skills and techniques to provide an extensive range of decorative concrete models. A collaborative process known as VECU (French acronym for roadways, public spaces and urban development projects) has assessed the state of the art through an inventory of over 50 finishes favouring such notions as beauty, sensitivity, personalisation and integration, all of which are embodied in the creative talents of designers, architects, landscapers, and prime project consultants. The new concepts of URBA-Béton, ECO-Béton and INNO-Béton offer a new look on the contribution of concrete to urban development and to the enhancement of regional infrastructures.