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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

  1. Isler, Heinz: Shell Structures: Candela in America and What We Did in Europe. In: Nordenson, Guy (): Seven Structural Engineers. The Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA), ISBN 978-0-87070-703-2, pp. 86-101.
  2. Isler, Heinz (1979): New Shapes for Shells - Twenty Years After. In: Journal of the International Association for Shell Structures, n. 71 (September 1979).
  3. Isler, Heinz (1994): Concrete Shells Derived from Experimental Shapes. In: Structural Engineering International, v. 4, n. 3 (August 1994), pp. 142-147.

    https://doi.org/10.2749/101686694780601935

Relevant Websites

Relevant Publications

  • Billington, David P. / Schlaich, Jörg (2013): Der Turm und die Brücke. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften, Berlin (Germany), ISBN 978-3-433-03077-6.
  • Billington, David P. / Jorquera Lucerga, Juan José / Payá Zaforteza, Ignacio / Sánchez Fernández, Ramón: La torre y el puente. El nuevo arte de la ingeniería estructural. CINTER, Madrid (Spain), ISBN 978-84-939305-4-7, pp. 300.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    02/01/1999
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    22/07/2014