High-Performance Concrete. Innovation and Supply Chain for Public Art and Urban Furniture


  • Rossella Maspoli Polytechnic of Torino




process innovation, compound, UHPC, multi-purpose, creative design


The current availability of UHPC (Ultra-High-Performance Concrete) concrete mixes with an adaptive and multi-performance behaviour has transformed the concept of ‘matter’ itself, allowing the construction of complex shapes and designs, and boosting the use of the compound in different sectors, thus opening new design paths following the concept of ‘non-standard’ in advanced neo-handicraft production processes. The results of technology research on the concrete compounds are analyzed in terms of how they have offered a type of mix that allows an expansion of the creative and ‘on-demand’ manufacturing process for self-supporting urban furniture and public art elements. The results and outlook of the supply chains are outlined in terms of performance, adjustment to standards, costs, network-building, and new market.


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Author Biography

Rossella Maspoli, Polytechnic of Torino

Architect and PhD, she is an Associate Professor of Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture and Design. She has supervised over 120 publications. She performs research work in the historical architectural technology, industrial heritage, urban regeneration, and open public space sectors.
E-mail: rossella.maspoli@polito.it


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Monolith urban furniture benches made of concrete containing fine aggregates and with superficial etching and waterproof finishing; Parco Nervion, Abandoibarra, Bilbao (credit: Maspoli, 2006). agathón




How to Cite

Maspoli, R. (2019) “High-Performance Concrete. Innovation and Supply Chain for Public Art and Urban Furniture”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 5(online), pp. 153–160. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/5172019.



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