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2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man


IASS Symposium 2013

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

Pier Luigi Nervi's columns: Flow of lines and forces

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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: 10
  • Title: Pier Luigi Nervi's columns: Flow of lines and forces
  • Author(s): PERUGINI, Paolo; ANDREANI, Stefano
  • Keywords: Nervi, columns, structural architecture, ruled geometry, parametric modelling, reinforced concrete
Abstract
The paper presents a detailed study of the columns in Pier Luigi Nervi’s architecture. Geometrical analyses highlight the columns’ complex formal gestures, such as the recurring use of ruled surfaces, as key in meeting the essential principles of structural architecture. The study links geometry articulations to functional, static, technological and economic considerations in six projects. Nervi’s possible relationship with contemporary technological advancements is also reflected upon to enhance understanding of his design approach.

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