Traces of Peter Rice
Peter Rice (19351992) is widely regarded as the most distinguished structural engineer of the late twentieth century. Following early work on the Sydney Opera House, he defined the structural elements of significant buildings such as the Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection museum, Lloyds of London, the Gare TGV at Roissy, the Pyramide Inverse of the Louvre, Kansai International Airport and the Full-Moon Theatre in the Languedoc. His influence has shaped a new generation of architects and engineers, who renew through their own work his exploration of materials, his commitment to the integrity of a structure, his refusal of precedent and his courage as a designer. He has imprinted les traces de la main on material culture and the built environment through his use of cast steel, ductile iron, stone, glass and ferro-cement. Whether adapting natures patterns to build flexible structures or transforming our experience of the ecology of light, Peter Rices public spaces delight and surprise us with their sensual mathematics and their triumphant integration of the human and the monumental. Traces of Peter Rice is a collaborative enterprise, British, French and Irish, representing the countries where Peter Rice passed most of his life and the cultures that formed him. These essays and cameos, amply illustrated from several archives, range widely across his career and legacy. Family, friends, scholars and colleagues write about his work, his solutions to intractable problems and his aesthetic sense, seeking to provide an understanding of his works and days.
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