João Vilanova Artigas (1915-1985) was one of the major thinkers of Brazilian architecture. Engineer and architect, he witnessed the intense industrialization process that took place in the city of São Paulo in the twentieth century. Focused on the rapid changing urban landscape and on the possibilities offered by new construction materials – especially reinforced concrete – his designs were mostly built of large and prismatic roofs supported by strongly oblique and sometimes slender structural elements. Although highly concerned with the physical properties of building materials and with the mechanics of structures, Vilanova Artigas also aimed at addressing the social context in which he lived. He believed that architecture could express the societal dramas of his time – especially the notion of struggle, which he intended to materialize through designs that dialectically opposed the force of gravity, thus revealing a confrontation between building and ground, artifact and nature.
|Title of host publication||Structures and Architecture: New concepts, applications and challenges|
|Editors||Paulo J. da Sousa Cruz|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|