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Dieste, González Zuleta and Sánchez del Río: Three approaches to reinforced-brick shell structures

López López D., Van Mele T. and Block P.
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions
CRC Press
Leuven, Belgium
2016

Reinforced-brick shell structures are mainly known through the extraordinary work of the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste. However, other remarkable examples of shells in reinforced masonry were being built during Dieste´s development of the technique or even before. The works by Guillermo González Zuleta in Colombia and Ildefonso Sánchez del Río in Spain deserve a closer look. The analysis of the three engineer’s background, writings and work reveals different original conceptions of the technique. The conceptual approach to the reinforced brick material and the way they approached their challenges and obstacles is very different in the three cases, to finally achieve very similar solutions. This document presents a review of historical reinforced masonry architectural examples by these three master builders. The paper analyses their roles in the development of this technique and presents some of their most influential or striking architectural pieces.

BibTeX

@inproceedings{LópezLópezD.2016,
    author    = "López López D. and Van Mele T. and Block P.",
    title     = "Dieste, González Zuleta and Sánchez del Río: Three approaches to reinforced-brick shell structures",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions",
    year      = "2016",
    editor    = "K. Van Balen and E. Verstrynge",
    volume    = "",
    number    = "",
    pages     = "571-578",
    publisher = "CRC Press",
    address   = "Leuven, Belgium",
    month     = "September",
    doi       = "",
    note      = "",
}

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