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Vol. 51 (2010) No. 1 March n. 163

The Religious Space in Mexico and Félix Candela's Hypar Surfaces

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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. 51 (2010) No. 1 March n. 163
  • Pages: 79-85
  • Title: The Religious Space in Mexico and Félix Candela's Hypar Surfaces
  • Author(s): J. G. Oliva, M. J. Ontiveros and E. Valdez
  • Keywords: Candela, dwelling, religious space, concrete shells
This paper explores the work that the Spanish architect Félix Candela Outeriño carried out in Mexico in the field of religious architecture. This exploration aims to make a contribution to the debate about the relationship between form and efficient structural behavior. However, this study will approach the debate from the perspective of the capacity of spaces to improve quality of life. This text begins with some references to thoughts about dwelling and the relationship between form and structure, in addition to critical analysis of contemporary architectural production. Later, a chronological review of the religious space in Mexico is presented, from the prehispanic period to the twentieth century, with the contributions to the field of religious architecture made by Mexican architects as well as by Félix Candela. Finally, there is a series of thoughts on hypar roofs and their relation to creating spaces that improve the quality of life.

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