TECHNE 20 (2020): Time and architecture
Research & Experimentation

Building on time: the reconstruction of experimental building-yards in France and Italy (1945-55)

Angelo Bertolazzi
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Edile ed Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia
Ilaria Giannetti
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica e Ingegneria Civile, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italia
Published July 29, 2020
Keywords
  • History of construction,
  • Construction sites,
  • Reinforced concrete,
  • Prefabrication,
  • Reconstruction
How to Cite
Bertolazzi, A., & Giannetti, I. (2020). Building on time: the reconstruction of experimental building-yards in France and Italy (1945-55). TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (20), 236-246. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-8265

Abstract

In the aftermath of WW2, Europe – as the main war scene – endorsed the “fast time” approach to reconstruction. Relying on optimising production-and-building processes, this approach was widely resorted to in experimental quarters, regarded as the “starting point” on which to build the technical know-how leading to the industrialisation of building techniques. This paper analyses the French and Italian experiences. They are closely linked, since in the shared choice of reinforced concrete as the most eligible material, the French experimentation provided a pattern for Italian reconstruction; so, they jointly become trailblazing researches about making building science-based and about organising building-yard work.

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