Engineering as Art

Well, engineering is art…just by different means. Abundant evidence is on display at the Boston Public Library in a exhibition tied to an MIT project about the architecture and engineering of Rafael Guastavino and son, the Spanish builders responsible for a unique kind of tiled vault and dome that made possible many of the great public spaces on the East Coast of the U.S. (The vaulted ceiling leading to the great staircase of the BPL not least among them.)

Information on the MIT project, including the researchers and masons’ effort (recorded in video) of trying to build this kind of vault (for which no written instructions in English exist!)

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