There are different approaches to designing a structure.
For example, there is a “naturalistic” approach: it is based on the idea of imitating nature, of finding in the forms existing in nature for the minimum one, the perfect one.
Then, instead, there is an approach that, given a rationally compatible solution, tries to improve it by adding loads that balance others, balancing forces, compensating stresses, correcting nature.
In the workshop we will see how these two approaches have been interpreted in the Italian School of Engineering: in particular, by Pier Luigi Nervi, Riccardo Morandi, Silvano Zorzi, Sergio Musmeci. And we will see how these approaches are still relevant and valid for the future of structural engineering.