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May 19, 2021

LECTURE «LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE» BY LUCIO BLANDINI

Time: May 19, 2021
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Until May 23, inclusive, the exhibition "Anatomy of Structures" of the MARCH Architecture School is taking place in the Gallery "Na Shabolovke". The exposition is based on the results of the undergraduate course of the same name at MARCH, dedicated in the academic year 2019-2020 to the study of outstanding works of engineering art of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, and is accompanied by a public program.

On Wednesday, May 19, at 19:00 Moscow time, as part of the public program for the exhibition, Lucio Blandini, Director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, will give an open online lecture "Light Structures: Past, Present and Future".

The architectural and economical potential of lightweight structures has been explored since the end of the nineteen century. Pioneers like Vladimir Shukhov, Gustave Eiffel, Robert Maillart, Pier Luigi Nervi have left iconic traces of their work in different countries, showing how their search for resource efficiency can lead to intrinsic architectural beauty.

Out of this heritage renowned architects such as Frei Otto and engineers such as Jörg Schlaich and Werner Sobek have developed over more than 50 years a powerful school of thought. This Stuttgart-based school focuses on tools and methods for the integral design and engineering of lightweight structures and facades. Current research explores how the principles of lightweight systems can be used to provide a contribution towards addressing the imminent ecological challenges facing future generations.

The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Russian. To receive a link to the broadcast, please register. The link will be sent to the e-mail indicated in the registration form shortly before the lecture.

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