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2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man


IASS Symposium 2013

SESSION: Pier Luigi Nervi: Heritage, Design Approaches, Structures

Carpenter’s parametrics: Economics, efficiency, and form in Pier Luigi Nervi’s concrete designs

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  • Proceedings Name: 2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Pier Luigi Nervi: Heritage, Design Approaches, Structures
  • Pages: 6
  • Title: Carpenter’s parametrics: Economics, efficiency, and form in Pier Luigi Nervi’s concrete designs
  • Author(s): LESLIE, Thomas W.
  • Keywords: Nervi, concrete, formwork, construction, fabrication
Abstract
This paper examines the role of construction and economy in the structural elements of Pier Luigi Nervi’s buildings. Nervi’s work is often cited for its adherence to and expression of static geometries. But these works were executed in a period of great economic pressure, with explosive economic growth and attendant shortages of skilled labor and regional steel production. Nervi’s structures were thus conceived not only as ‘pure’ forms, but also as efficient, often algorithmically-based construction and fabrication processes.

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