Parabeton: Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

Icons & Media Art
| 99 min

PARABETON shows in chronological sequence 17 buildings by the Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) in Italy and France. PARABETON is the first installment in Heinz Emigholz's multi-part RISE OF MODERNITY projects, which also includes PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA and THE AIRSTRIP. The film combines Nervi's bold constructions with cinematic studies of ancient buildings made of Roman concrete. An inventor of style-defining constructions, Nervi is the grand master of concrete construction and the architect's architect of the 20th century. "Architecture is not staged here in a sculptural, tableau or object-like manner, but subjected to the exploratory gaze of an anthropomorphic film camera." (Christine Lang, kino-glaz)