Online international symposium ‘Brick Vaults and Beyond’

Dome of the Congo Museum under construction, 1906 (© Charles Girault archives, RMCA Tervuren collection)

Vaults have been historically regarded as the ideal structure to span imposing spaces in representative and monumental buildings. Several studies have been devoted to the topic worldwide and cover the evolution of vaulting from antiquity to the progressive abandonment of vaults in the 18th century. However, before the modern movement definitively renounced vaults, they were extensively used in historicism, and attempts were made to adapt vaults to modern architecture. Changing architectural styles and functional needs, together with the introduction of new construction materials in the 19th and 20th centuries such as iron, steel and reinforced concrete, transformed vaulting techniques.  

This symposium ‘Brick vaults and beyond’, organised online in Brussels on April 29 & 30, 2021 brings together international experts on construction and architectural history whose contributions add to the understanding of the development of the vaulting techniques during this fascinating period. The symposium on Friday starts off with an opening lecture on Thursday evening.  

Participants can register for free via the link. After registration, the program, the streaminglink and downloadlink of the publication will be communicated.

This event is funded by the EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Action and co-organised by Paula Fuentes and Ine Wouters from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and

Post Author: Paula Fuentes

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