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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Historical Structures

The Approach of Sergio Musmeci to Structural Folding

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Historical Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: The Approach of Sergio Musmeci to Structural Folding
  • Author(s): Pierluigi D'Acunto, Lukas Ingold
  • Keywords: Sergio Musmeci, folded plate structures, reinforced concrete, parametric design, postwar Italy
Abstract
Thanks to the experimental nature of his work, Sergio Musmeci (1981-1926) holds an exceptional position within the Italian School of Engineering of the postwar period. Musmeci's peculiar view on structural design is supported by the search for new structural forms, which is initiated by his exploration on structural folding. In particular, during the 1950s, folded plates are applied by the engineer in place of the conventional beam and slab typology for the design of various roofs in reinforced concrete. In this paper, the approach of Musmeci to structural folding is discussed. The investigation is focused on the folded plate roof of Stabilimento Raffo in Pietrasanta, which is here regarded as a fundamental moment in the research of the engineer in the field of structural folding. The design method used by Musmeci for the development of the project is examined in details.

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