New book / Inventions and designs of Dante Bini: Architecture Beyond the Cupola

This new publication, launched in 2023 by authors Alberto Pugnale and Alberto Bologna, provides a comprehensive overview of Bini’s work.

Part of Springer’s Mathematics and the Built Environment series, this publication serves to explore thoroughly Bini’s pneumatic constructions and the form-resistant Binishell through the decades. From the editors of the series:

Throughout history a rich and complex relationship has developed between mathematics and the various disciplines that design, analyse, construct and maintain the built environment. This book series seeks to highlight the multifaceted connections between the disciplines of mathematics and architecture, through the publication of monographs that develop classical and contemporary mathematical themes – geometry, algebra, calculation, modelling.

These themes may be expanded in architecture of any era, culture or style, from Ancient Greek and Rome, through the Renaissance and Baroque, to Modernism and computational and parametric design. Selected aspects of urban design, architectural conservation and engineering design that are relevant for architecture may also be included in the series. Regardless of whether books in this series are focused on specific architectural or mathematical themes, the intention is to support detailed and rigorous explorations of the history, theory and design of the mathematical aspects of built environment.

Through a collection of original archival material and extensive representations of Bini’s projects and constructions, authors Pugnale and Bologna seek to highlight Bini’s inventions and designs, but also to apply ‘the analysis and interpretation to a variety of other thin shell structures – and other architecture projects in which the relationship between form, structure and construction is pivotal’.

From the authors:

We hope that, in time, this book will become a reference on the possible ways and methods of conducting research in architecture that are based on the critical analysis of precedents, particularly those in which the close relationship between form, structure and construction technique had been pivotal throughout the design process, to better understand the present and the future of the discipline and, more broadly speaking, the built environment.