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"leicht weit Light Structures: Jorg Schlaich Rudolf Bergermann"
2004-11-15 until 2004-02-04
Yale School of Architecture Galleries
New Haven, CT, USA United States of America

Jörg Schlaich and Rudolf Bergermann, structural engineers who are pioneers in sustainable and ecological construction, will be the subject of an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture. "leicht weit Light Structures-Jörg Schlaich Rudolf Bergermann" explores many of the projects of these two visionaries in light of the holistic principles that have governed their work. Schlaich is founder of the Stuttgart-based consultant engineers Schlaich Bergermann and Partner and emeritus professor of the Institute for Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart. In his work, innovative structural concepts are the product of an interdisciplinary creative process that links knowledge and intuition, science and pragmatism. For Schlaich and Bergermann, structural engineering means transforming the requirements of individuals and society into technically and economically feasible conceptions, using renewable energy to the greatest degree possible.

By means of an extensive selection of their works, including towers, bridges, roof structures and facades, the exhibition will demonstrate how their innovative designs minimize material input and thus meet the designation "light structures."

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first section covers various structural systems that illustrate the basic principles of load dissipation and structural planning. The second section, the core of the exhibition, showcases the consultancy's most important projects. The third section presents solar power plants and their prototypes with explanations of how solar reflector systems and solar chimneys function.

The exhibition originated at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt-am-Main and later traveled to Hamburg. The Yale School of Architecture is the exhibition's only scheduled stop in the United States. Digital versions of the show have circulated through China, starting from the Tongji University in Shanghai, and through Italy, from the Architectural School in Venice. The show will return to Europe in 2005, with stops in Stuttgart, Lausanne, Vienna and Barcelona.

"leicht weit Light Structures" is supported in part by Carolyn Brody, Frank O. Gehry and Gordon H. Smith.

A free 25-page black and white catalog, featuring an interview with Schlaich, will accompany the exhibition. A 320-page catalog in German and English will be on sale for $40 at the Gallery. Designed by Moniteurs in Berlin and published by Prestel Publishing of Munich, London and New York, the book includes a total of 1,000 images, mostly in color, and essays by well-known American and European theorists and engineers.

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