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Vol. 52 (2011) No. 3 September n. 169

The Architecture of Heinz Isler

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 52 (2011) No. 3 September n. 169
  • Pages: 185-190
  • Title: The Architecture of Heinz Isler
  • Author(s): T. Kotnik and J. Schwartz
  • Keywords: Heinz Isler, shell structure, aesthetic concept, architectural concept, structural art
The Swiss engineer Heinz Isler (1926-2009) is regarded around the world as one of the pioneers of shell structures. In his specific interest in shell form two concepts were melded: Lardy’s concept of aesthetics and the universality of the natural laws. Out of this a form-oriented scientific organicism has emerged that, on one hand, coincides with the ideas of Violett-le-Duc and, on the other hand, reflects Alberti’s thinking of concinnitas. It is argued that the all-encompassing importance of the laws of nature within Isler’s thinking has limited his architecture.

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