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Brunelleschi and more: Domes in Florence

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A short voyage into some of the main Medieval and Renaissance domes characterizing the skyline of Florence. Characteristics, peculiarities and structural aspects; what has been learnt from previous experiences and what has been not. The talk will briefly address the main architectural examples in Florentine architecture, such as San Giovanni Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Medici’s chapel. Along the years, all of these domes have been subject of studies, researches and monitoring activities, mainly from the structural point of view, performed at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Florence. The presentation will then span from the description of the monuments to the numerical modelling strategies adopted in order to give a suitable interpretation of the main cracks and other disorders.

Gianni Bartoli Gianni Bartoli, PhD, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence (since 2001). Chair of the Degree Programmes Council on Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence (since 2012). Director of CRIACIV (Interuniversity Research Centre in Building Aerodynamics and Wind Engineering (since 2013) and Coordinator of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory in Prato. Vice-President of ANIV (Italian Association for Wind Engineering) (since 2015), Europe-Africa Regional Coordinator for IAWE (International Association for Wind Engineering) (since 2017). Gianni Bartoli is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests include Wind Engineering and the Monitoring and Analysis of Historic Buildings.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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