A 'poet in concrete': Structure, fabrication and aesthetics in the work of Pier Luigi Nervi

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In this paper adapted from his 2019 James Sutherland History Lecture, Professor Thomas Leslie explores the aesthetic philosophy of Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. Leslie shows how Nervi negotiated structural and fabricational 'truths' to create works that celebrated the onstraints that he practised within, earning acclaim as a 'poet in concrete'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationStructural Engineer
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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