Geometry and equilibrium: The gothic theory of structural design

Huerta Fernández, Santiago (2006). Geometry and equilibrium: The gothic theory of structural design. "Structural Engineer", v. 84 (n. 2); pp. 23-28. ISSN 1466-5123.

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Title: Geometry and equilibrium: The gothic theory of structural design
Author/s:
  • Huerta Fernández, Santiago
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Structural Engineer
Date: 2006
ISSN: 1466-5123
Volume: 84
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: estructuras fábrica arcos bóvedas crucería estribos proyecto medieval gótico geometría equilibrio estabilidad seguridad coeficiente geométrico tirantes consolidación análisis límite construcciones históricas arches vaults cross masonry structures gothic design medieval master builders stability safety limit analysis geometrical geometry equilibrium factor historical constructions
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Estructuras de Edificación [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Medieval builders didn't have a scientific structural theory, however gothic cathedrals were not build without a theory. Gothic masters had a ‘scientia' and this scientia was firmly based in geometry. It is the form which guarantees a safe state of equilibrium. In many gothic sources we find rules to design the structural elements, with special emphasis in buttress design. These rules lead in most cases to a a proportional design, independent of scale (the depth of a buttress as a fraction of the span). The late-gothic Spanish architect Rodrigo Gil formulated arithmetical rules which lead to non-proportional designs (the buttresses become more slender as the general size grows). Gothic structural rules were a means to register stable forms. Proportional rules are essentially correct and apply to most cases. Rodrigo Gil's rules express a finer adjustment to some non-proportional problems: buttress design for thin late-gothic vaults or wall design for towers.

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Item ID: 701
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/701/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:701
Deposited by: Profesor S. Huerta
Deposited on: 19 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 06:27
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