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Tuesday 14 February 2023 ore 18:00 - 19:00

talkTheory and practice in engineeringNina Rappaport with William Baker

Carlo Scarpa hall 
free admission subject to availability
event in English

A discussion on the role of technology in structural engineering and the solutions it offers in creating complex projects that challenge the laws of nature.

According to architectural historian and urbanist Nina Rappaport – who was also on the curatorial committee for the exhibition Technoscape. The architecture of engineers – functional form and maximising structural performance is a creative endeavour in its own right. The engineer’s role understood as the designer of structural design based on form determines what she calls ‘deep decoration’.

The new role of the engineer/designer, combined with experimentation in sustainable and renewable materials, as well as technological advances, is the focus of Rappaport’s talk with William Baker, a structural engineer and partner in the historic architectural, urban planning and engineeringengineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Baker is responsible for the structural design of some of the world’s most famous and tallest buildings, including the Burj Khalifa (828 m, the world’s tallest), Zifeng Tower, 401 N Wabash, Pearl River Tower, The Franklin – North Tower, and the Cayan Tower.

introduction and moderation
Pippo Ciorra MAXXI Senior Curator

Nina Rappaport Architectural Historian and Urbanist
William Baker Structural Engineer and SOM Partner

individual seats reserved for myMAXXI card holders by writing to, by the day before the event