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The 4-dimensional masonry construction

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dc.contributor.advisor John A. Ochsendorf and Nader Tehrani. en_US Davis, Lara K. (Lara Katherine) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2010-10-12T16:19:06Z 2010-10-12T16:19:06Z 2010 en_US 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2010. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 132). en_US
dc.description.abstract This design-research thesis - The 4-Dimensional Masonry Construction - presents innovation in the design and construction of thin-shell tile vaulted structures. The core research contributions of this thesis are: #1 Testing limit states of unit hinging + displacement in single-layer tile vaults. #2 Introducing modified masonry units to achieve directional surfaces with high degrees of double-curvature and porosity. The 4-Dimensional Masonry Construction operates as a heuristic device to conceptualize, visualize and represent the way in which a masonry unit hinges in space within a complex, doubly-curved structural surface. By modifying masonry units, the resulting system of aggregation can produce asymmetrical and disaggregating tile coursing geometries - predictable yet geometrically incomprehensible systems. By establishing reciprocity between the modified unit/ system relation and the method of vault assembly, new forms in structural masonry are possible. Such structural forms are a product of these unique unit/ system geometries, the constraint of structural geometries (catenary systems and double curvature for lateral stiffness), the techniques of graphical analysis to define such a structure spatially, and the logic of sequencing to maintain the units' systematic relation, to constrain units inherently given to push the limits of constructibility. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Lara K. Davis. en_US
dc.format.extent 135 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title The 4-dimensional masonry construction en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.Arch. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 657635535 en_US

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