Ancient structures were built following design rules that are not available anymore. The design was based on geometry instead of mechanics, focusing on the equilibrium among the parts of the building rather than on the strength of the materials.
Traditional building rules have been almost forgotten.
We have lost the capacity in designing arches, vaults or buttresses, since we usually deal with other structural typologies.
This International Summer School aims at providing fundamental theoretical and applied tools to analyse historical masonry structures, by combining engineering, architecture, restoration and construction history.
The school combines teaching of the basic theory of masonry structures with advanced tools for structural assessment, invited lectures and field work in the application to real case studies.
The 5th Edition of the Summer School on Historic Masonry Structures will be held in Segovia, Spain
from 27 August to 10 September 2023