Arches, Vaults & Domes – Intensive
The Auroville Earth Institute attempts to revive these forms, techniques, and craftsmen skills with the following aims: To increase global awareness of the low-cost, low-carbon possibilities of masonry flooring and roofing. To research and develop constructive techniques with the aim to integrate 21st century technologies with age-old building techniques, such as those developed in ancient Egypt or medieval Europe. To design large-span structures, with structurally optimized thickness and integrated construction methods. Course Content: The AVD Intensive course is a combination of our two, one-week programs on AVD Theory and AVD Masonry. It is a “sweetened-condensed” and simplified course combining theory and practice; not all of the sessions of the two-week course can be taught in one week. This course covers the structural design of vaulted masonry along with integrated principles of construction and includes hands-on sessions on the construction of arches, vaults, and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). The first four days are spent learning structural basics and performing stability studies of vaults/ dome sections (carried out as personal work, with instructor´s supervision and feedback). This part of the course is more theoretical with lectures, presentations, case studies and practical exercises: – Diversity and typologies of arches, vaults and domes – Basic structural principles of arches and vaults – Evaluation of the stability of domes – Neutralisation of the thrust – Various details about AVD (acoustic formulas) – Catenary method (theory only) – Funicular method (theory and practice) – Optimisation method (theory and practice) – Case studies The two remaining days are practical, hands-on sessions in which trainees study constructive principles and build various types of arches, vaults and domes: – Masonry pattern for an optimised arch – Construction principles, building techniques, binder quality – Building various types and spans of arches on centrings – Building various types of vaults and domes without centring Participants: Recommended only for engineers, architects or students. Duration: Six-day course; Classes from 8:30am to 6:15pm. (As it is named, this course is really intensive!) Other Information: All classes are held in English. Manuals and other training materials are distributed to students. A certificate is given at the end of the course. For more details, please visit the Auroville Earth Institute website or contact us. For the course fee - please contact Auroville Earth Institute in the email /contact number provided below.