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Tile vaulting in the 21st century

López López D., Van Mele T. and Block P.
Informes de la Construcción
doi: 10.3989/ic.15.169.m15

New interactive equilibrium methods for the design and analysis of masonry structures have facilitated the construction of masonry structures with a formal language well beyond what is typically associated with compression-only architecture. These developments have also rekindled interest in tile vaulting, and led to a rediscovery of this traditional building technique. To ensure that tile vaults with new, complex shapes can still be built economically, the construction processes involved in the realisation of these structures have adapted. For example, cheaper and simpler falsework systems have been introduced. In addition, a wide variety of materials have been experimented with to be able to build more sustainable vaulted structures with local resources. This paper presents a review of the latest innovations in tile vaulting, based on the most representative works of the past few years with respect to shape, construction method and the use of materials.


    author  = "López López D. and Van Mele T. and Block P.",
    title   = "Tile vaulting in the 21st century",
    journal = "Informes de la Construcción",
    year    = "2016",
    volume  = "68",
    number  = "544",
    pages   = "33-41",
    month   = "October-December",
    doi     = "10.3989/ic.15.169.m15",
    note    = "Special issue “Nuevos avances de la cerámica en la construcción”",

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