During his long career, Pier Luigi Nervi has explored the potential of concrete through the cast-in place and the prefabrication of elements in reinforced concrete or in ferro-cement, the material he invented and patented during the war. All of his best known works, such as the Berta Stadium, the hangars built in Orivieto, Orbetello and Torre del Lago Puccini, the Halls of the Turin Exposition Center, the Unesco buildings, the Little Sport Palace and the Papal Audience Hall represent an important chapter in the history of architecture, structure and construction of the twentieth century.
The passion of Nervi for the manufacturing process of the concrete and formworks is examined in a systematic manner within the volume. The authors illustrate the creative process put in place by Nervi through the examination of documents never even studied in other essays, unpublished designs, drawings, specifications, photographs of the yards and correspondence with colleagues and collaborators.
1. Technical Inventions and Economies of Construction Site 2. The Berta Stadium and the "Character of the Form" 3. Forms of Concrete for the Regime 4. Projects for the Universal Exhibition of Rome, Shells and Autarky 5. Prefabrication for Military and Industrial Aims 6. Towards the Thin Construction 7. Ferro-cement and Large Shell Roofs 8. Strength to Form and Structural Prefabrication 9. The Unesco Headquarters in Paris: The Perfect béton brut 10. The "Nervi System" 11. Controlled Brutalism: the Sport Palace 12. The Mirage of the Essence of the Matter 13. Monumental Structural Architecture 14. Last Works by Studio Nervi