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Prototype to Prove A Segmental Approach to Thin Shell Concrete Structures

Speaker: Serguei Bagrianski, MSE Graduate, M.Arch. Student
Series: MMS Brown Bag Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E225
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Serguei Bagrianski and his Concrete Shell

Have you seen the concrete shell in the EQuad courtyard? Sure it looks pretty cool, but what is its value? Does it matter?

Almost a century ago, concrete shells started to become popular; they had a golden age with the beautifully engineered works of structural artists like Pier Luigi Nervi, Félix Candela, and Heinz Isler. Then, in the 1970s, shell construction began to decline. When Isler, the last great shell builder, passed away in June 2009, it looked like the concrete shell was destined to be a historical artifact.

Why have shells disappeared? Is there a way to bring them back? And do we even want to build thin shells again? Come to the seminar to see how the shell outside might just hold the answers to all these questions!

Serguei Bagrianski working on his Concrete Shell