EVOLV­ING THROUGH CEN­TURIES:

Down to Earth - - LIFESTYLE -

Domes can make long-last­ing roofs covering very large sur­faces, par­tic­u­larly when com­bined, as demon­strated by an­cient tem­ples and build­ings in In­dia. They can be seen in mar­kets, palaces, churches and mosques across Western Asia. Many of them are still in use af­ter sev­eral hun­dreds, and some­times sev­eral thou­sands, of years. Arab mas­ter ma­sons took the tech­nique to Spain. At the end of the 19th cen­tury ma­sons of Catalu­nia in north­ern Spain ex­tended its scope to floors and roofs of mod­ern build­ings, such as fac­to­ries and theatre halls. The Guas­tavino fam­ily of mas­ter ma­sons mi­grated from Spain to the US and made a for­tune by build­ing hun­dreds of large build­ings, in­clud­ing an un­der­ground metro sta­tion in New York, us­ing this tech­nique. Mas­ter Ma­sons in Ut­tar Pradesh and Haryana are now re­viv­ing the tech­nique and build­ing shal­low domes with­out shut­ter­ing to re­duce cost

HUN­NAR­SHALA FOUN­DA­TION

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