Symposia and Workshops

The internationally oriented symposia serve to discuss key questions and safeguard the results of the postdoctoral tandems sponsored by the Research Training Group for two years. For this purpose, international experts are invited to the interdisciplinary topics and thereby complement the topic area, which is being worked on by the postdoctoral researchers, with their own viewpoints and disciplinary perspectives. Above all, the symposia seek to intensify the discourse between the engineering and humanities on specific research topics, thereby contributing to their interdisciplinary positioning. The results of the symposia will be published in the publication series of the Research Training Group at Birkhäuser Verlag.

The workshops are launched on the initiative of the doctoral students of the DFG Research Training Group and serve to enrich the respective research projects by incorporating new research perspectives, comparatively analysing sources and materials and involving further partners in the work of the Research Training Group. The workshops, which are held as half-day or full-day events, are led by the doctoral students and focus on key questions that arise from the individual doctoral projects.

Workshop "Tile Vaults"

11 to 15 June 2018, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Tile vaults are built with one or more layers of thin bricks, laid “flat”, joined together by their edge. The use of plaster mortar and very light bricks (tiles) allow a vault to be built without centering or with a very light one. The advantages of this technique are the economy, a faster rate of the construction and the simplicity of the technique (we will be able to build a real vault without previous experience).

The aim of the workshop is to get familiar with this traditional technique, especially employed in the Mediterranean area. It is a very simple and economical technique that has been revitalized over the last few years not just for intervention in old buildings, but also for the construction of new ones.

The participants will have the opportunity to build a real vault, understanding the use of the materials and the construction process.

With growing interest in tile vaults, there have been different workshops where the theory and practice have been taught. Since 2013, tile vaults are regularly taught in a workshop at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

The participation in the workshop is flexible (from 1 to 5 days). Just send an email to:
E-Mail paula.fuentesgonzalez(at)
telling which days you want to participate.

International Symposium „The Art of Vaulting. Design and Construction of Large Vaults in the Mediterranean Gothic”

The International Symposium "The Art of Vaulting. Design and Construction of Large Vaults in the Mediterranean Gothic" takes place on 30th November and 1st December.

The event was planned by architect Dr. Paula Fuentes and art historian Dr. phil. Anke Wunderwald, the postdoc tandem of the Research Training Group "Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings".

The symposium focuses on the impressive achievements in Gothic construction that were erected in the Mediterranean area. It will bring together international experts on this topic. Their varied backgrounds will provide different approaches to finding and answering unexplored questions. Examples such as the cathedral of Mallorca will highlight the complex processes of medieval construction and the transfer of technology, broadening our knowledge of how these impressive monuments were built as well as the construction techniques that were employed.

The introductory lecture takes place on Thursday, 30th November 2017 in the Brandenburgischen Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst (BLMK, formerly Dieselkraftwerk dkw). On Friday, 1st December, seven talks by architects, archaeologists and art historians from Germany, France and Spain will by held in the Besucherzentrum (Visitor Centre) at Gutshof Branitz.

Interested attendants are cordially invited, entrance is free of charge. Please register until 25.11.2017 under  albrecht.wiesener(at)

Portables Dokumentenformat Poster as a pdf file

Portables Dokumentenformat Flyer with the programme and the venues