German Concrete

Entête.pngAround the turn of the 19th century, the culture of the Enlightenment, alongside the emerging needs for modernisation and industrialisation, give rise to a particular interest in technical aspects of construction. Originating in the scientific, mathematical and technical approach to architecture that several theoreticians of the Enlightenment promoted, this becomes stronger in the late 18th century through the unification and modernisation processes by which Germany is evolving from being an aggregate of several backward states and small political entities still based around medieval forms of administration and an agriculture-based economy into a united, modern and industrialised country.

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The rethoric of Pier Luigi Nervi

Pier Luigi Nervi.jpgPier Luigi Nervi was born in Sondrio on 21 June 1891. After finishing high school in Ancona, he moved to Bologna in 1908. Despite a passion for aeronautics, mechanics and chemistry, he opted for a course in civil engineering at the Regia Scuola di Applicazione per Ingegneri of Bologna under the guidance of professor, engineer and entrepreneur Attilio Muggia. He graduated in 1913 after completing a design for a small villa. That same year, Muggia hired him to work at his Bologna-based Società Anonima per Costruzioni Cementizie, a company Muggia had set up in 1908 together with the engineer Leone Poggi.

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The true nature of concrete

21026047-abstract-geometric-background-of-the-concrete.jpgSlabs of stone and concrete in the ocean coast landscape. At the start of the 1960s the works of architecture in béton brut inspired by the masterpieces of Le Corbusier and the question of Brutalism are at the center of the international debate, and the work of Louis Isadore Kahn becomes the focus of critics investigating the nature of his concrete.

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