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Heinz Isler

Swiss civil engineer and contractor known especially for his thin concrete shells.

Biographical Information

Name: Heinz Isler
Born on 26 July 1926 in , Zurich, Switzerland, Europe
Deceased on 20 June 2009 in , Berne, Switzerland, Europe
Student of
1950

Graduates from the Federal Technological Institute (ETH) Zurich;
Becomes assistant to Professor Pierre Lardy

1954

Opens his own office in Burgdorf

1956

Sells concept of pneumatic shells

1961

Conceives of a doubly-curved geometric shell for the Wyss Garden center

1968

Builds first structures based on suspension method where the forms for shells are found by hanging and fixating cloth

Structures and Projects

Bibliography

Relevant Websites

Relevant Publications

  • Balz, Michael Working with Heinz Isler presented at 35th Annual Symposium of IABSE / 52nd Annual Symposium of IASS / 6th International Conference on Space Structures, London, September 2011.
  • Billington, David P. The Tower and the Bridge, Princeton University Press, Princeton (USA), ISBN 069102393X, 1983; pp. 222-246
  • Billington, David P. Thin Shell Concrete Structures (2nd edition), McGraw-Hill, Englewood Cliffs (USA), ISBN 0070052794, 1990; pp. 330-339
  • Billington, David P. Heinz Isler: From Delft to Princeton and Beyond presented at 35th Annual Symposium of IABSE / 52nd Annual Symposium of IASS / 6th International Conference on Space Structures, London, September 2011.
  • Billington, David P. The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy, Yale University Press, New Haven (USA), ISBN 0300097867, 2003
  • Billington, David P. & Payá Zaforteza, Ignacio La torre y el puente, CINTER, Madrid (Spain), ISBN 8493930547
  • Billington, David P. & Schlaich, Jörg Der Turm und die Brücke, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften, Berlin (Germany), ISBN 3433030774, 2013
  • Chilton, John Heinz Isler: Shells for two churches presented at 35th Annual Symposium of IABSE / 52nd Annual Symposium of IASS / 6th International Conference on Space Structures, London, September 2011.
  • Chilton, John Heinz Isler, Thomas Telford Publishing, London (United Kingdom), ISBN 0727728784, 2000
  • Greiner-Mai, Doris Heinz Isler gestorben in "Bautechnik", August 2009, n. 8 v. 86
  • Marti, Peter Heinz Isler - 80 Jahre in "Beton- und Stahlbetonbau", July 2006, n. 7 v. 101
  • Picon, Antoine L'art de l'ingénieur, Éditions du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France), ISBN 2858509115, 1997; pp. 240-1
  • Ramm, Ekkehard Heinz Isler Shells – The Priority of Form presented at 35th Annual Symposium of IABSE / 52nd Annual Symposium of IASS / 6th International Conference on Space Structures, London, September 2011.
  • Ramm, Ekkehard & Schunck, Eberhard Heinz Isler Schalen, Karl-Krämer-Verlag, Stuttgart (Germany), ISBN 3782814924, 1986
  • Trautz, Martin Formfindung versus Formgebung in "Bauwelt", 28 May 2004 v. 95
  • About this
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  • Person-ID
    1000017
  • Date created
    02/01/1999
  • Last Update
    22/07/2014