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Vol. 52 (2011) No. 1 March n. 167


Geometry and Structures. Historical Impressions about Architecture

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 52 (2011) No. 1 March n. 167
  • Pages: 25-38
  • Title: Geometry and Structures. Historical Impressions about Architecture
  • Author(s): F. Escrig
  • Keywords: Historical buildings, Geometry, Structures, Fabric Structures, Structural Design
Abstract
Current structural designs are based mainly on the great possibilities of materials such as reinforced concrete and steel, and on analytical concepts developed by computer and advanced software. But the greatest buildings in history were possible thanks to the power of geometrical concepts. Now we have lost and underestimate the formal abilities and we think in terms of formalism and mathematical analysis. But it is time to recover the possibilities that ancient methods of design can provide, mainly if they are mixed with modern techniques, in order to teach the benefits of the traditional ideas to the new generations of architects and engineers.

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