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Reflections on Frei Otto as Mentor and Promoter of Sustainable Architecture and his collaboration with Kenzo Tange and Ove Arup in 1969

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The present paper will discuss through personal accounts from first author who was a doctorate student in Stuttgart from 1977-1982 the ingenious and sui generis persona of Frei Otto and his contributions to promote the design and construction of sustainable lightweight structures. Frei Otto's unique and original ideas without doubt together with his academic and professional accomplishments allowed him to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2015. The paper will also discuss the 1969 Kuwait Sports Centre Competition, which was the first project in which Kenzo Tange, Frei Otto and Ove Arup worked together and which can be considered as a prelude to the seminal project 'Artic City' in 1971.
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Keywords: FREI OTTO; FÉLIX CANDELA; IL; KENZO TANGE; LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES; OVE ARUP; PIER LUIGI NERVI; SFB 64; SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of the IASS is the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. The journal mainly presents technical papers and project reports submitted by members or nonmembers of the IASS. Typically, one issue per year focuses on a special topic arranged by guest editors. Additional articles annually include the four Hangai Prize winning papers and Tsuboi Proceedings Award contribution from the IASS annual symposium. Finally, additional content includes announcements of events and memorial statements of distinguished IASS members.
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