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2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man


IASS Symposium 2013

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

Nervi’s cantilevering stadium roofs: Discipline of economy leads to inspiration

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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: 7
  • Title: Nervi’s cantilevering stadium roofs: Discipline of economy leads to inspiration
  • Author(s): ADRIAENSSENS, Sigrid; BILLINGTON, David
  • Keywords: Nervi, ferro-cement, prefabrication, stadium, cantilever, grandstand
Abstract
Although he came from a tradition that built magnificent palaces and churches, the Italian master builder Pier Luigi Nervi is arguably mostly known for his sports infrastructure. In this paper, we focus on his first (Giovanni Berta Stadium, Florence, 1930-1932) and last (Olympic Flaminio Stadium, Rome, 1957-1959) internationally widely recognized stadium with cantilevering roof. Through literature studies and structural analyses, we compare and contrast these two stadia on the basis of their structural and constructional efficiency, economy and design intent within the specific social-political context of the interbellum and post-World War II era in Italy. The interpretation of these studies shows Nervi’s clear progression from imitation, innovation to inspiration in his stadium design. More specifically shortage of construction materials and skilled labor did not constrain his projects but drove Nervi to design and build great structures.

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