When: February 2nd, 2010 at 4:30 pm (Open to the public)
Where: Lewis Library, Room 138
Book: "Félix Candela : engineer, builder, structural artist"
Authors: Engineering Professors Maria Garlock and David Billington
Book: The widely acclaimed book “Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist” is the subject of the next Lewis Science Library book talk. It will be presented by its Princeton authors, Maria Garlock and David Billington, who refer to Candela’s work as “structural art” that adheres to three important tenets: “the first is the true ethos of engineering, namely the drive to conserve natural resources; the second is the ethic of engineering, to resist wasting money; and third, the aesthetic of engineering, to avoid the ugly”. For insight into the writing of the book, and the creation of the exhibition held here in October 2009, see the video "An Interview with Maria Moreyra Garlock" and read the related story in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.
Candela is especially known for dramatic, innovative thin shell concrete roof structures built in Mexico in the 1950’s and 1960’s. An exhibition of scale models of Candela’s masterworks is on display in the Friend Center atrium.