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Structural and geometric design of late Gothic vaults

The 2018 James Sutherland History Lecture, "Ribs to nowhere and pendant bosses" discusses architectural engineering in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period.

David Wendland's lecture explores how intricate meshes of stone ribs were designed, how the structural behaviour was conceived, and how the information flow from design to execution was achieved - using research based on surveys, analyses and practical experiments. 


David Wendland studied architecture and received his doctorate at the Institute of History of Architecture, University of Stuttgart. His main fields of research are shell structures and vaults, and design processes in architecture.

In 2011, David was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant for carrying out research on the design principles of late Gothic vaults. Additionally, David has been the scientific consultant in the reconstruction of the vaulted ceiling in the chapel of Dresden castle. 

Structural and geometric design of late Gothic vaults

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