Structure and Form: The Theory of ‘Minimal Surfaces’ and the Bridge over the Basento River by Sergio Musmeci





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Sergio Musmeci occupies a very important position in the history of late 20th century Italian engineering. Born in Rome in 1926, he initially graduated in civil engineering and later in aeronautical engineering. Following an apprenticeship with Pier Luigi Nervi, in whose office he worked from 1949 to 1951, and with Riccardo Morandi, he later opened his own engineering and architecture office together with his wife, the architect Zenaide Zanini. He taught at the University of Rome, initially as an assistant to the course in Rational Mechanics and Graphic Statics, and later as professor of Bridges and Large Structures.

How to Cite

Capomolla, R. (2011). Structure and Form: The Theory of ‘Minimal Surfaces’ and the Bridge over the Basento River by Sergio Musmeci. Docomomo Journal, (45), 46–51.




Author Biography

Rinaldo Capomolla, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Engineer, Associate Professor of Building Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering of Rome Tor Vergata University. He is member of the teaching committee of the PhD program in “Building Engineering: Architecture and Construction” in the Doctoral School of the same University. His researches are connected to the evolution of Modern and contemporary building techniques with the aim of analyzing the relationship between architecture and construction. In this area he studies the Italian architecture and engineering of the 19thand 20th century and deals with issues related to restoration and conservation of the modern architecture. On these topics he leads detailed studies on buildings and architects, participates in conferences and publishes books and essays.