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Conquering new spheres - Two millennia of vaults, domes and shells

The first event focused on the design and construction of vaults, domes and shells – fundamental techniques in spanning horizontal space since many years. The two-week intensive programme consisted of lectures (from acknowledged experts), student presentations, workshops, excursions and field work involving the analysis of a relevant structure in cooperation with the local monument administration. The aim was not only to explore the wide range of technical aspects of vaults, domes and shells with a diachronic approach, but also to place such structures in their cultural, social and economic setting. A key ingredient of the programme was the development of analytical skills using instruments, documentary sources, drawings and surveys that the students can apply in their later academic and professional work.

 

Partner universities:

University of Cottbus (BTU Cottbus), Germany >>

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium >>

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium >>

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom >>

Universidad Politechnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain >>

Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany >>

Politechnika Wroclawska, Poland >>

 

Participants:

Participating teachers >>

Participating PhD students >>

Participating bachelor and master students >>

 

Programme:

The first European Summer School on Construction History was entitled "Conquering new spheres - Two millennia of vaults, domes and shells". The event focused on the design and construction of vaults, domes and shells – fundamental techniques in spanning horizontal space for many years.

Fieldwork >>

Course work >>

Excursions >>

 

Location:

University of Cambridge >>