Symposium: Modelling Medieval Vaults

cropped-Pixel-bw-1The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering offers the opportunity to re-examine historic architecture.

Digital analysis has enabled new research into design processes, construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and relationships between buildings. Recent research on Continental European and Central American architecture has established the significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval architecture in the British Isles. This is despite international recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an international context.

The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this emerging field to establish appropriate methodologies using digital tools and identify significant questions for future research in the area.

The symposium will be relevant to anyone with an interest in:

  • Medieval architecture
  • Three-dimensional digital methodologies
  • Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of architecture

Programme

09:00   Welcome (tea and coffee)

09:30   Introduction
09:40   Keynote: Norbert Nussbaum, Thomas Bauer and Jörg Lauterbach: Benedikt Ried’s Deconstructive Vaults in Prague Castle – Design, Construction and Meaning
10:30   Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 1
10:50   Carmen Pérez de los Ríos: Researching tas-de-charge Design and Construction Methods: an Approach Supported by Digital Techniques
11:10   Danilo Di Mascio: Morphological and geometric complexities of built heritage
11:30   Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese: Medieval vaults for Renaissance architecture. Modelling the vaults on sheet 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Code B
11:50   Enrique Rabasa-Díaz, Ana López-Mozo, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Rodríguez and Rafael Martín-Talaverano: Technical knowledge transfer in European Late Gothic: multi-star vaults
12:10   Questions
12:20   Keynote: Santiago Huerta: Cracks and distortions in masonry arches and vaults
13:10 Lunch break (lunch provided)

New questions in 14th-century vaulting
13:50   Nick Webb: Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: digital documentation and analysis
14:05   Alex Buchanan: Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: issues of interpretion
14:20   Andrew Budge: Design changes: the macro- and micro-architectural vaults of fourteenth-century collegiate churches
14:40   Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson: From Two to Three Dimensions: Drawings and Design Processes in Medieval Vaulting
15:00   Questions
15:10   Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 2
15:30   Rosana Guerra and Paula Fuentes: The construction of the vaults of Mallorca cathedral
15:50   Weiyi Pei and Lui Tam: Comparison of Digital Documentation Methodologies of Neo-gothic Vaulting System: A Case Study of Dominican Church, Ghent, Belgium
16:10   Balázs Szőke, Balázs Szakonyi and Gergely Buzás: Role of the “Horizontal ribs” in late gothic vault constructions in Hungary.
16:30   Questions
16:40   Keynote: Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry; Documentation and Visualization of Late Gothic Ribbed Vaults in Southern Mexico

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