Curves of Clay
The Art of Building Brick Vaults
de Alfonso Ramirez-Ponce & Rafael Ramirez
Given the backdrop of an ever increasing population and corresponding demand for living space, the knowledge of efficient, sustainable, and economical materials and building techniques has become vitally important.
This book aims to describe, illustrate, and formalize some of the fundamental properties of a low-cost construction technique for building brick vaults without any use of framework or additional reinforcements whatsoever. These brick vaults, made only out of several pieces of clay, provide an economical, sustainable and aesthetical solution to the current housing problem.
Alfonso Ramirez-Ponce (PhD in Architecture) is a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is an expert in economical construction techniques, employing sustainable materials such as the common clay brick. Specialist in unsupported vaulted ceilings and rooves using the low-cost "leaning brick" technique.