Pier Luigi Nervi in the world: Italy, UK and Kuwait

This is my last post that reflects upon the works of Pier Luigi Nervi. This post is based on a book chapter that a senior student Mariam Wahed and I wrote . You might also be interested in my other posts written about Nervi and his works in Italy and the United States of America. I apologise for the quality of some of the images … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in the world: Italy, UK and Kuwait

What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

Emil Adiels is a researcher and lecturer and a part of the Architecture and Engineering Research Group at Chalmers University of Technology of Sweden. His research focus is gravitational structures and masonry with respect to geometry, structural mechanics and production methods. What fewer people know is that Emil is also an amazing movie maker. Sigrid Adriaenssens: why do you make movies about structures? Emil Adiels: … Continue reading What I am thinking: movie maker and masonry specialist Emil Adiels

Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 2): cantilevering stadium roofs

This blog post is based on a manuscript I wrote with my colleague and friend Prof. David Billington.  If you are interested in finding out more about Prof. Billington and his thoughts on Pier Luigi Nervi, you might want to sign-up for this amazing free on-line course “The Art of Structural Engineering” , given by Prof. Maria Garlock. You might also be interested in my … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 2): cantilevering stadium roofs

Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 1): his ribbed floor slab systems

Happy New Year to you all! I am on my way to Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy) to present our work on biomimetic morphing forms and participate in workshop on Hygroscapes. This year I have some very exciting and innovative projects ligned up which I will tell you about in my next posts. No better way to start the year than to write a post … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy (part 1): his ribbed floor slab systems

What I am thinking: material scientist and bird watcher Lorna Gibson

Professor Lorna Gibson graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She was an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia for two years before moving to MIT, where she is currently the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests focus on the mechanics of materials … Continue reading What I am thinking: material scientist and bird watcher Lorna Gibson

Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 3) – San Francisco

In the previous I wrote about the Thompson Area and the Leverone Field House projects in Hanover, USA and the Scope Arena in Norfolk, USA. In this post I write about his work in San Francisco where he was called in as a consultant and include pictures from my trip there. The other future posts will focus on his initial and most mature work in … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 3) – San Francisco

What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

Founding Director of the firm Eckersley O’Callaghan, James is acknowledged as an authority on the structural use of glass. He is perhaps best known for his innovative glass stairs, bridges, facades and other structural elements in a range of Apple’s flagship retail stores including Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York and London. Demi Fang: What is something you are currently working on that excites … Continue reading What I am thinking: designer of glass structures, James O’Callaghan

Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 2) – Norfolk

To commemorate Prof. David Billington, I feature a series of posts about the works of Pier Luigi Nervi. In the previous I wrote about the Thompson Area and the Leverone Field House projects in Hanover, USA. In this post I write about his work in USA where he did not have total control over the construction process. This post is based on a paper I … Continue reading Pier Luigi Nervi in America (part 2) – Norfolk

What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

Tomohiro Tachi is an associate professor in graphic and computer sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He studied architecture and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He has been designing origami since 2002 and exploring spatial and kinematic origami through computation. Tachi developed several software tools for origami design. “Origamizer” (2008) … Continue reading What I am thinking: origami artist and mathematician Tomohiro Tachi

Out of his shell: Giorgio Baroni, an early designer of hyperbolic paraboloid shells

Martina Russo is a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome, and recent Visiting Research Student Collaborator at Princeton University (Form Finding Lab, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chaos Lab at the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment). Reinforced concrete thin shell structures are nowadays considered as part of the architectural and engineering heritage of the 20th Century. Today, a number of these structures … Continue reading Out of his shell: Giorgio Baroni, an early designer of hyperbolic paraboloid shells