Traveling exhibit on campus May 5-6 celebrates famed structural engineer's life and work
This international traveling exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest and most inventive structural engineers of the 20th century, Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979).
With his masterpieces, scattered over the world, Nervi contributed to creating a glorious period for structural architecture. Nikolaus Pevsner, the distinguished historian of architecture, described him as "the most brilliant artist in reinforced concrete of our time."
Nervi shared the cultures of architects and engineers, operating at the very intersection between the art, science, and technology of building. He has been described as having an engineer’s audaciousness, an architect’s imagination, and a businessman’s practical realism.
In 2010, an itinerant exhibition was developed and offered across Europe. This work marked the outcome of a multifaceted research project that assembled a broad team of scholars, with the aim of retracing the multifaceted legacy of Nervi’s oeuvre. The result was a complex historical picture in which Nervi’s revolutionary construction techniques are closely linked with Italian and international social and political development, coupled with an exploration of the rich world of cultural and scientific relationships in which Nervi operated. After the success of previous editions, a new format of the exhibition was specifically created to travel overseas and celebrate not only the genius and inventiveness of Pier Luigi Nervi, but also his genuine international spirit, as a designer, builder and educator. The exhibit offers Nervi's perspective on the very topical issue of dialogue and interaction between architecture and engineering.
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 (opening ceremony and keynote) and Sunday, May 6, 2018 (second keynote)
Place: Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday
The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration recommended. See the website for complete agenda and event times.
April 30, 2018