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Introduction: Shell swith holes

John Chilton

John Chilton is Professor of Architecture and Tectonics at the University of Nottingham, UK. With a special interest in the history, design and construction of innovative and non-conventional structures, he is an active member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and chaired their Working Group 12 – Spatial Timber Structures – from 1998 to 2015. He is the author of Space Grid Structures and Heinz Isler: The Engineer’s Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, a book on the work of the Swiss reinforced concrete shell-builder Heinz Isler. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gabriel Tang

Gabriel Tang is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He trained at the Bartlett, University College London, UK, and worked in the offices of Foster + Partners, London. Currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on the novel use of deployable gridshells as formwork for concrete shell construction, his research interests lie in technology culture, material tectonics and the innovation synergies between architecture, structure and construction processes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Timber Gridshells : Architecture, Structure and Craft

Routledge, 2017

Book chapter

... The grid shell is a spatially curved framework of rods and rigid joints. The rod elements form a planar grid with rectangular meshes and constant spacing between the knots [nodes]. The form of a C H A P T E R O N E grid shell...

Iran and Central Asia, 1256–1507

Sheila Blair

Sheila Blair shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College, Massachusetts, and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, with Jonathan M. Bloom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...In the early thirteenth century Mongols under Genghis Khan invaded Central Asia, brutally taking such cities as Samarkand, Bukhara and Urgench. After Genghis’s death in 1227, it was not till the mid-century when a new Great Khan, in China...