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This paper aims to review Dante Bini’s career, as well as his form-resistant Binishell and other pneumatic construction systems. The role of Mario Salvadori in Bini’s international success works as the introduction to a broader discussion about the relationship between innovation in design and innovation in construction for shell and gridshell desi...
The Italian architect Dante Bini began his studies on shell structures during the 1960s. He developed and refined a form-finding and construction technique to erect a finished large-span reinforced concrete (RC) shell structure through the use of an inflatable membrane. This system was patented in 1964 under the name ‘Binishell’ and, over the follo...
The design themes focus on the renovation, reuse and re-utilization of old and valuable buildings, now in disuse, and the rethinking of public places to be integrated into the urban context, now partly in ruins and without an active identity to enhance the past of the town. The summer school will explore the possibilities of conscious interventions...
The construction of concrete shells has always been a difficult and expensive procedure. Preparation of complex formworks, as well as placement of curved reinforcing rods require experience and increase the overall cost. Building concrete shells is even more of concern within the Australian context, where the use of simple and rapid technologies ha...
Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) is the most famous Italian engineer from the twentieth century. In 1952, having reached the peak of his career as a designer and entrepreneur in Italy, Nervi decided to enter the academic and professional world in the United States. Thus he undertook a path that would lead him to achieve fame in America: he promoted the...
Italian architect Dante Bini began his studies on shell structures during the 1960s. He developed and refined a form-finding and construction technique to erect a finished large-span reinforced concrete (RC) shell structure through the use of an inflatable membrane. This system was patented in 1964, under the name ‘Binishell’, and was applied to construct hundreds of domes throughout the world. This project aims to: - contextualise Dante Bini’s early work within the previous research on pneumatic structures, which began in the 1920s; - contextualise Dante Bini’s work in the period of great media success for RC shells (1960s); - understand Mario Salvadori’s role in Bini’s international success; - study Dante Bini’s Australian experience (1974-1980), including a timeline of the events that defined Dante Bini’s emigration to Australia; - complete a survey of the Australian Binishells (with detailed information on the archival sources, major alterations and current conditions); - explore Dante Bini’s double profile—architect and builder—which led him to develop his inventions both architecturally and as commercial products; - study the relationship between innovation in design and innovation in construction for shell and gridshell designers.