Design and optimization on shell and spatial structures. PhD Course at Plitecnico di Torino and online.

Special issue is being published online.

Proceedings of the workshop are online.


Shell and spatial structures are representative of some of the most efficient structural systems in which the optimized use of materials is combined with effective structural forms. The continuing development of analysis methods, design approaches and construction techniques of shell and spatial structures has resulted in an increasing interest to engineers, architects, and builders.

The workshop offers lectures pertaining to the design, modelling, analysis, construction, and other aspects of the technology of all types of shell and spatial structures. These may include, but are not limited to, tension and membrane structures, framed and lattice structures, gridshells and active-bending structures, shell roofs, tensegrity structures, pneumatic and inflatable structures, active and deployable structures, concrete, metal, masonry, timber and bio-based, spatial structures. Workshop topics will be devoted to experimental and theoretical studies, analysis methods and approaches regarding their design, computational form finding, structural optimization, manufacturing, testing and maintenance techniques and historical reviews.

Organizers and Scientific Committee

Amedeo Manuello Bertetto (Politecnico di Torino)

Stefano Gabriele (Università Roma Tre)

Francesco Marmo (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Andrea Micheletti (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)

Organizing committee

Erica Lenticchia, Nicolò Vaiana, Gloria Argento, Stefano Invernizzi, Giuseppe Marano, Rosario Ceravolo, Fiammetta Venuti.

The IWSS2020 is organised with the endorsement of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures and the Società Italiana di Scienza delle Costruzioni - SISCo (Italian Society of Solid and Structural Mechanics).