Pier Luigi Nervi and the Italian Tradition of Ribbed Vaults

Description: Themes: Pier Luigi Nervi's use of rib-patterned shells; Pre-cast concrete elments and ferrocement in Nervi's structures.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Describe Nervi's aesthetic and its connection to his Italian heritage; Define the construction methods developed by Nervi that made his shells feasible and economical; Identify his significant structures (Florence Municipal Stadium, Turin Exhibition Hall, Little Sports Palace, Large Sports Palace, Flaminio Stadium); Explain how the different structural elements in the Little Sports Palace (ribs, buttresses, tension ring) transfer the forces in the structure.

Keywords reinforced concrete, ferrocement, Nervi, vault construction, ribbed pattern

CategoriesStructural EngineeringPrinceton University, Vaults

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