The condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, served as a reminder of the impact of water corrosion on common building materials. Questions about building design and engineering remain as climate change brings stronger and more frequent storms.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Robert Courland, a historian and author of "Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Manmade Material."
Correction: An earlier version of the audio misstated that the Romans built the Parthenon of concrete. They built the Pantheon of concrete. We regret the error.
This segment aired on August 9, 2021.