Form, Force and Structure: A Brief History, Architectural Design

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Over the last century, engineers' and architect-engineers' approach to the relationship between form, force and mass has changed significantly, both on a conceptual and methodological level. It is a shift only made possible by the collaborative efforts of design, engineering and construction expertise. Professor Remo Pedreschi discusses the work of Robert Maillart, Pier Luigi Nervi, Eduardo Torroja, Felix Candela, Heinz Isler and Eladio Dieste to illustrate the important changes and contributions that have taken place and how they influence the way we think about performance from an engineering point of view today.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalArchitectural Design
Issue number2 Special Issue: Versatility and Vicissitude
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008


  • reinforced concrete
  • François Hennebique's patent for fire-proof framing
  • ‘structural art’
  • David P Billington
  • F Angerer
  • Intuitions of structural behaviour
  • Intuitions of structural action
  • Intuitions of structural adequacy


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