Bricks, Mortar, and Robots: Solutions for Sustainable Construction

Engineers are bringing an ancient building method into the 21st century.

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Putting the finishing touches on a test model at the 2019 Timbrel Vault Workshop. Photo © Julio Palomino
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Members of the workshop built this covered public space, composed of three intersecting vaults, in Marchamalo, Guadalajara, Spain. Photo © Rafael Casas
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Rafael Guastavino standing on tile arches at the construction of the Boston Public Library, 1889. Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library
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Guastavino tile arches at the Ellis Island Registry Room. Photo by Ryan Claussen (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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SOM design partner Mark Sarkisian (center) helps with the construction of the test vault at the 2019 Timbrel Vault Workshop. Photo © Rafael Casas
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Digital modeling helped the design team determine the most efficient shape and mass of the vault structure. Images © SOM | Photo (right) © Rafael Casas
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The completed timbrel vault for the exhibition “Beyond the Structure,” presented in 2019 at COAM in Madrid. Photo © Rafael Casas
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Members of the first Timbrel Vault Workshop (2012) put their creation to the test. Photo © Julio Palomino

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