Edoardo Torroja

As a pioneer in the art of civil engineering, Edoardo Torroja became enthusiastic about the design possibilities with reinforced concrete at a very early stage. To this day, Torroja is associated with the virtuoso handling of concrete as a building material and the construction of daring shell structures. He made civil engineering history in Madrid and Algeciras when he used concrete shells for the first time in ceiling structures there.

He was responsible for numerous brilliant engineering designs in which he demonstrated the possibilities of reinforced concrete for the design of impressive, extremely lightweight and filigree load-bearing structures. Torroja also worked as a professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos in Madrid from 1938.

He achieved international impact through the standard work “Logic of Form”, which he wrote. In addition to his great building activity, he founded the “Instituto Técnico de la Construcción y Edificación”, here he collected and documented all the knowledge of his time about reinforced concrete and its design possibilities.

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