Rust

Weathered to perfection: Chicago's Civic Center (now renamed the Richard J Daley Center) by CF Murphy Associates and Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and John Winter's house in Highgate (pictured).

Will any of today’s innovations attain the classic status of Cor-Ten? Robert Elwall casts an affectionate eye over Eero Saarinen’s favourite material.

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