Concrete in Italy, Part I: Technique and Architecture


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Title: Concrete in Italy, Part I: Technique and Architecture

Author(s): Franco Levi and Mario A.Chiorino

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 26

Issue: 9

Appears on pages(s): 55-61

Keywords: Italy chapter; history; prestressed concrete; reinforced concrete; Nervi

Date: 9/1/2004

Concrete as a building material appears before 1900, but its full development takes place afterward, with the Italian technical culture playing a qualified role. Italian architects and engineers have designed and built concrete structures rivaling the masterpieces of past centuries. The progress of the technical culture and the development of a real science of building in concrete, as well as the establishment of an internationally harmonized system of codes, have significantly benefited from the contributions of Italian researchers. On the occasion of the recent formation of the ACI Italy Chapter, we intend to present here a synthesis of the Italian contribution to this fascinating segment of concrete history.