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Eugene Freyssinet

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Eugene Freyssinet

(b. Correze, France 1879; d. Saint-Martin-Vesubie, France 1962)

Eugene Freyssinet was born in Corneze, France in 1879. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris before he was apprenticed to the engineer Rabut. He served as an engineer in the French Army from 1904 to 1907 and again from 1914 to 1918. Between his two stints in the army he worked as a road engineer for local authorities in Central France. From 1918 until 1928 he worked as Director for the Societe des Enterprises Limousin in Paris after which he established his own practice.

Freyssinet created innovative architecture using reinforced concrete as his main material. More an engineer than an architect, Freyssinet still managed to introduce several collaborative architectural works. His projects generally revolved around an experimental search for a common language. His designs allowed for a free expression of materials and spaces while working within the limits of technology.

Considered the "father of pre-stressed concrete", Freyssinet died in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, France in 1962.

References
Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p260-261.

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"Long-Span Structures", by Angus J. MacDonald, ArchitectureWeek No. 139, 2003.0326, pB1.1.

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