Martina Russo

I’m a PhD student in Engineering-based Architecture and Urban Planning from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). I graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture and attended a postgraduate specialization in Architectural design for restoration of Historic Buildings and Public Space. My main fields of interest concern the history and construction techniques of reinforced concrete structures, construction system of thin shell roofs as well as conservation and restoration of industrial heritage. The PhD research I’m pursuing focuses on early thin concrete shell systems in Italy, in particular on the work of Italian engineer Giorgio Baroni and his pioneering patents for hypar and conoid roofs. The work with Professor Adriaenssens aims to study whether and how the structural optimization approach affected the durability of form-resistant structures. The main purpose is to deepen the understanding of the relationship between form, features of construction system and building performance in order to support aware decisions during a renovation project.

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