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Published on Oct 15, 2015
Lecture date: 2014-02-27
This evening’s talk will describe the invention and evolution or the remarkable ‘Binishell’ structural system and subsequent ‘air-powered’ construction methodologies, which become more technically daring and aesthetically complex.
Dante Bini was born in Castelfranco Emilia, Italy in 1932. After studying architecture in Florence, Bini became interested in the technology of thin-shell concrete domes. In 1967 at the invitation of Professor Mario Salvadori, Bini successfully raised a 15m diameter reinforced concrete Binishell at Columbia University, New York. This public success launched the Binishell company and the career of a unique architect driven by the imperative for innovation and economy in the construction industry.