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04.09.04 - 05.23.04 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Guy Nordenson and Associates: CAMBER

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The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of New York-based firm, Guy Nordenson and Associates, Structural Engineers LLP (GNA). CAMBER will demonstrate and document the process of applying the principle of camber as explained by Guy Nordenson:

"A beam, a floor, a roof are dynamic structures in momentary, static rest. To camber a structure is simply to calculate in advance the shape it takes under gravity and counter that by pre-forming it in reverse. And so it comes out flat."

Five 40'-long steel laminate bars will be suspended from the gallery ceiling, all of which will be cambered except for one, which will be left un-cambered as a control. Through detailed documentation, GNA will show the depth of engineering and coordination involved in this apparently simple installation.

Guy Nordenson and Associates is a structural engineering practice that concentrates on collaborative design with architects. The practice was established in 1997 by Guy Nordenson following 20 years in practice in San Francisco and New York, the last ten of which he spent as director of Ove Arup & Partners NY, which he established in 1987. Recent and current GNA projects include a new dormitory at MIT by Stephen Holl, the Jubilee Church in Rome by Richard Meier, the initial concept for the World Trade Center Tower One in New York, the new 10,500-car Disneyland parking structure by Harry Wolf, and the Patent Office Building Courtyard Roof Competition project for the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. GNA is also the structural engineer for the new MoMA expansion in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, and the University of Iowa School of Art in Iowa City. Nordenson is also active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. He initiated and led the development of the NY Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995, and is chairman of the city's Seismic Code Committee. In 2003 he was the first recipient of the new American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Architecture for contributions to architecture by a non-architect.