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The Armadillo Vault: Balancing computation and traditional craft

Block P., Rippmann M., Van Mele T. and Escobedo D.
FABRICATE 2017
UCL Press
London
2017

This paper describes the development and fabrication of the Armadillo Vault, an unreinforced, freeform cut-stone vault, which embodies the beauty of compression made possible through geometry. Specifically, this paper will provide insights on how the highly interdisciplinary team managed to bridge the difficult gap between digital modelling and realisation by learning from historic precedents and by enhancing traditional craft with computation, but also through clever off-site and on-site construction sequences.

BibTeX

@inproceedings{Block2017,
    author    = "Block, P. and Rippmann, M. and Van Mele, T. and Escobedo, D.",
    title     = "The Armadillo Vault: Balancing computation and traditional craft",
    booktitle = "FABRICATE 2017",
    year      = "2017",
    editor    = "A. Menges, B. Sheil, R. Glynn and M. Skavara ",
    volume    = "",
    number    = "",
    pages     = "286-293",
    publisher = "UCL Press",
    address   = "London",
    month     = "April",
    doi       = "",
    note      = "",
}

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