and Santiago Sanchez-Beitia
Mathematics and Structural Repair of Gothic Structures
School of Architecture, The University of the Basque
Plaza de Onati 2 -- 20018 San Sebastian,
The relationship between classical
architecture and mathematics is well known. Architecture, unlike
other scientific disciplines, can be used as a never-ending source
of numerical, algebraic, geometric, analytic and topologic problems,
to name just a few fields of mathematics. A modern concept of
architecture should necessarily include mathematics for its comprehension.
Reciprocally, the teaching of mathematics in architecture should
be based on the constructive event to be effective. Interdisciplinary
education provides a positive stimulus for both teachers and
students, resulting in a much more persistent and interesting
training. It is obvious that mathematical knowledge acquired
inside an architectural environment is more likely to be applied
by future architects after their university studies. As an example
of this way of learning mathematics, in this paper we will show
some ideas and mathematical concepts related to one of the more
complex branches of architecture: restoration, repair, and maintenance
of Gothic buildings.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Barrallo was born in Bilbao, Spain, in 1964. He is Professor
of Mathematics at the School of Architecture of the University
of the Basque Country in San Sebastian. He studied Computing
Engineering at the University of Deusto, Bilbao, and obtained
his PhD degree with a work about fractal algorithms in 1992.
Since then, he has published several books and works about computer
art and design, organized several courses and conferences about
Art and Mathematics (ISAMA, BRIDGES, Mathematics & Design).
He has directed many exhibitions in galleries and museums all
over the world under the main title "The Frontier between
Art and Science". As a second investigation branch he has
become a qualified expert in computer measurement and simulation
of heritage buildings, especially gothic structures. He has collaborated
in the restoration projects of several well-known Spanish buildings.
The correct citation for
this paper is:
Barrallo, "Mathematics and Structural Repair of Gothic Structures",
pp. 21-30 in Nexus V: Architecture and Mathematics, ed.
Kim Williams and Francisco Delgado Cepeda, Fucecchio (Florence):
Kim Williams Books, 2004. http://www.nexusjournal.com/conferences/N2004-Barrallo.html
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