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The hanging roofs of Expo 58: knowledge, prestige and ideals

Rika Devos UGent and Bernard Espion (2012) PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS : ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HERITAGE. 165(3). p.187-196
abstract
No other exhibition has more references in the history of engineering than Expo 58, the first post-war world fair (Brussels). The contemporary specialist press labelled the exhibition a ‘festival of structures’ and focused on its widespread application of hanging roofs. This paper engages in complex analyses of three hanging roofs at Expo 58: the Marie Thumas pavilion, the pavilion of France and the US pavilion. Three fields of influence added to the enthusiasm for hanging roofs: the context of the fair, the post-war developments in engineering and the contemporary unease with functionalism among architects. In all three fields, hanging roofs were considered promissory of future developments: light and efficient in material use, of a radical new shape and illustrative of the benefits of a closer collaboration between architects and engineers. Nevertheless, the analyses also demonstrate the tensions between the preconditions of the contexts and their rhetoric on innovation and experiment. The research presented stems from an interdisciplinary approach and is based mainly on archival material and contemporary sources.
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history, buildings, structures & design, steel structures
journal title
PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS : ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Proc. Inst. Civil Eng., Eng. hist. herit.
editor
Bill Addis
volume
165
issue
3
article_number
1100017
pages
187 - 196
ISSN
1757-9430
language
English
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yes
classification
A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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c:vabb:337485
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VABB-1
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2966201
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2966201
date created
2012-08-01 10:11:32
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2015-06-17 10:12:15
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  number       = {3},
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Chicago
Devos, Rika, and Bernard Espion. 2012. “The Hanging Roofs of Expo 58: Knowledge, Prestige and Ideals.” Ed. Bill Addis. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers : Engineering History and Heritage 165 (3): 187–196.
APA
Devos, Rika, & Espion, B. (2012). The hanging roofs of Expo 58: knowledge, prestige and ideals. (B. Addis, Ed.)PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS : ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HERITAGE, 165(3), 187–196.
Vancouver
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Devos R, Espion B. The hanging roofs of Expo 58: knowledge, prestige and ideals. Addis B, editor. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS : ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HERITAGE. 2012;165(3):187–96.
MLA
Devos, Rika, and Bernard Espion. “The Hanging Roofs of Expo 58: Knowledge, Prestige and Ideals.” Ed. Bill Addis. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS : ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HERITAGE 165.3 (2012): 187–196. Print.