National holiday here, and the entire Academy seems to be moving slowly after last night’s Halloween party. So I’ve been in the basement translating old Nervi articles from Casabella. Ernesto Rogers gave him plenty of page space in the 1950s, and it’s some of his best writing–occasionally calling out contemporaries for their ‘anti-static’ architecture. Brilliant stuff.
Among other great quotes:
“Any structure, especially a complex one, lends itself– if it is deeply understood and felt–to quick and simple static calculations that require no mathematical developments, which are always too long, unnecessarily polarizing, and even counter-productive in the delicate, essentially inventive, phase of concept design. I therefore believe that the study of statics and construction science should be conducted in schools of architecture very differently than in engineering schools. Diversity should not mean superficiality, but deepening intuitive, intimate understanding and synthesizing, in simple first approximation formulas and processes of mathematical computation. ”
— “Espressione architettonica e tecnica costruttiva,” Casabella, no. 299. November, 1965. 38.
I love it when AIA gold medalists write my pedagogy statements for me…