Brunelleschi's dome of the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, is one of the most notable load-bearing masonry structures in the world. Its construction was completed in 1471 but still provides important lessons on the achievement of complex structuraland constructional geometries in masonry.
Among the notable achievements demonstrated in the dome is the control of tension using an interlocking masonry patterns, during an era before the availability of tension reinforcement; the construction of the domesans armadura - without centering; and the development of human- and animal-powered construction equipment, once attributed to Leonardo di Vinci but now to Brunelleschi, to facilitate the lifting of masonry units to the top of the oculus.
Brunelleschi gives the deails and history in words and photographs. Translated from the Italian, "Brunelleschi takes on the existing structure into a new vision that reverses and profoundly changes the meaning."
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Book Description Scala Group, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New in shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000124370