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Vol. 38 (1997) No. 1 April n. 123

A mathematical framework to Gaudí's use of geometry

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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. 38 (1997) No. 1 April n. 123
  • Title: A mathematical framework to Gaudí's use of geometry
  • Author(s): J. Gomez Serrano, M. Cameron Burry, J. Coll I Grifoll, A. Monreal Pujadas
  • Keywords: Historical buildings, structural form
During the last years of a long career, and in a period of intense design activity (1914-26). Antoni Gaudí developed an architecture based on a geometry different to that he had applied to his earlier work. The use of ruled-surface geometry became more a guide both towards and easier building method and to those who continue the work after his death. The finials to the transept towers are the unique built exemplar of his new approach ; the rest of the design is shown in and a series of large scaled gypsum plaster models for the future nave of the Sagrada Familia Church. The funding of the building is provided by public donation allowing the construction to proceed through reference to the exemplar and the models. Today, computer models can examine the geometry in finer detail and with complete rigour. When the software itself is unable to provide the desired solution, a supplementary analytical program is required in order to extract and apply the guiding parameters for some of the geometrical entities proposed by Gaudí over three-quarters of a century ago.

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