Modelling Medieval Vaults Symposium 1

The Modelling Medieval Vaults Symposium was an event which took place on 14th July 2016 at the former London campus of the University of Liverpool. The aim of the symposium was to present new research in the emerging field of using digital tools to analyse medieval vaulting, with the intention of establishing appropriate methodologies and identifying significant questions for future research.


09:00   Welcome (tea and coffee)

09:30   Introduction

09:40   Keynote: Norbert Nussbaum, Thomas Bauer and Jörg Lauterbach – Benedikt Ried’s Deconstructive Vaults in Prague Castle – Design, Construction and Meaning

10:30   Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 1

10:50   Enrique Rabasa-Díaz, Ana López-Mozo, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Rodríguez and Rafael Martín-Talaverano – Technical knowledge transfer in European Late Gothic: multi-star vaults

11:10   Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese – Medieval vaults for Renaissance architecture. Modelling the vaults on sheet 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Code B

11:30   Danilo Di Mascio – Morphological and geometric complexities of built heritage

11:50   Nick Webb – Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: digital documentation and analysis

12:10   Questions

12:20   Keynote: Santiago Huerta – Cracks and distortions in masonry arches and vaults

13:10 Lunch break

New questions in 14th-century vaulting

14:00   Alex Buchanan – Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: issues of interpretion

14:20   Andrew Budge – Design changes: the macro- and micro-architectural vaults of fourteenth-century collegiate churches

14:40   Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson – From Two to Three Dimensions: Drawings and Design Processes in Medieval Vaulting

15:00   Questions

15:10   Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 2

15:30   Rosana Guerra and Paula Fuentes – The construction of the vaults of Mallorca cathedral

15:50   Weiyi Pei and Lui Tam – Comparison of Digital Documentation Methodologies of Neo-gothic Vaulting System: A Case Study of Dominican Church, Ghent, Belgium

16:10   Balázs Szőke, Balázs Szakonyi and Gergely Buzás – Role of the “Horizontal ribs” in late gothic vault constructions in Hungary.

16:30   Questions

16:40   Keynote: Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla – Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry; Documentation and Visualization of Late Gothic Ribbed Vaults in Southern Mexico

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