Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:30pm
Architecture Building Auditorium
Stereotomy, the acrobatic art of stone vaulting with unique curved pieces, is undergoing a renaissance in Europe. Giuseppe Fallacara and Luc Tamboréro, experts and collaborators who are reinventing stereotomy for the digital age, are in residence this week at the University of Maryland in a teaching collaboration with Distinguished University Professor Richard A. Etlin. Join us on Wednesday for a lecture on Fallacara and Tamboréro's research and current work.
Giuseppe Fallacara is a registered architect who received his degree from the Politecnico of Bari (Puglia, Italy) where he completed a thesis on “The Tectonics of Wooden Construction: The Bell Tower in Hungarian Architecture.” In 2004 he earned a doctoral degree from the same school with a dissertation on the history of stereotomy considered within the framework of computer modeling as the basis for historical analysis and creative modern design. He subsequently published a book on this subject with a bilingual Italian and English text, Verso una progettazione stereotomica/Towards a Stereotomic Design (Rome: Aracne, 2007).
Luc Tamboréro, a Frenchman trained as a stonemason (compagnon du devoir), directs Mécastone, a stone construction and restoration enterprise. Fallacara and Tamboréro collaborate on historical studies and modern designs and together led a summer seminar on stereotomy at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and San Pablo CEU in 2008.