Dr Luciano Cardellicchio will present a paper entitled Pier Luigi Nervi vs Fazlur Khan: the developing of the outrigger system for skyscrapers at the First Construction History Society Conference which will be held the 11th and 12th of April at the Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. The paper focuses on how the particular structural system called “outrigger” was first developed, trying to link the experience of two outstanding engineers who worked after the Second World War, the Italian Pierluigi Nervi (1891–1979) and the Bangledeshi-American Fazlur Rahman Khan (1929–1982). In detail, the paper will highlight how the system invented by Nervi for the Stock Exchange Tower in Montreal (designed by Luigi Moretti and completed in 1965) has been developed by Khan in the Belt-Truss system for the Tower at 140 William Street (formerly BHP House) in Melbourne (1972).
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Luigi Moretti, Pier Luigi Nervi, Stock Exchange Tower, Montreal, 1965. (Photo by the author)