3 Day Workshop
Arches, Vaults & Domes: Catalan & Free-Spanning Techniques 3 Day Workshop
Satprem Maïni and Lara Davis – two global experts on earthen vaulting from the Auroville Earth Institute, India – have been invited by Jim Hallock and Earth Block International to teach a short, practical workshop on the design and construction of earthen Arches, Vaults and Domes (AVD).
The workshop will introduce two vaulting techniques used for the construction of vaults without formwork: the “Free-Spanning” technique developed by the Auroville Earth Institute (from traditional Nubian vaulting), and “Catalan” vaulting, a traditional Mediterranean technique originating in Catalonia, Spain. Compressed Stabilized Earth Block (CSEB) will be used as the building material.
This 3 day hands-on workshop will include an introduction to both techniques, basic theory in structural design of AVD, and hands-on, practical training for the construction of small arches, vaults and domes. One day will be devoted to an introduction of the basic structural principles of vaulted masonry. The second and third days will be devoted to hands-on vault construction with the “Free-Spanning” and “Catalan” techniques.
When: September 25th – 27th, 2015
Where: Earth Block International Headquarters, Hill Country, Texas.