NerViLab – Archive research and redesign

Thanks to thorough historical research employing archive materials, combined with a critical rereading of design projects, the laboratory was able to redesign and reinterpret, where necessary, the design projects for the works by Pier Luigi Nervi selected for the exhibition, dedicating special attention to their geometric-structural aspects. It is obvious that this phase played a crucial role in the success of the modelling. The greatest problems to emerge can be summarized as follows: the variability of the original materials consulted, that is, graphic designs on paper, only some of which were in Nervi’s hand, as well as photographs, correspondence, and publications; the difficulties in dating the material, hence difficulty in identifying the pertinent design phase (preliminary, definitive, or execution), not to mention any subsequent revision phase.

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The research phase of two-dimensional redesign consists in using CAD to transfer to the computer all information concerning the project under study that can be found in the papers in the archives. In other words, what was designed using double orthogonal projections must be redesigned by means of mathematical representation, and this includes plans, sections, and elevations. It is clear that this phase is much more than a mere transcription; rather, it is virtually a design project in itself, involving interpretation and decisions.

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