J.F.D. Dahmen, University of British Columbia, Canada
J.A. Ochsendorfs, MIT, USA
This chapter discusses design and construction of vaulted roof systems using earthen masonry. Arches, vaults and domes can be used to create unique architectural spaces whose aesthetic appeal is matched by their environmental performance. The structural behavior of vaulted roofing systems is explained by way of contemporary and historic case studies. The chapter includes an overview of design criteria and other considerations when designing vaulted roofing systems with earthen materials, and concludes with future trends for the design of structural forms in earthen construction.
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