Activities > Course View all The Cathedral. Ingenium ut aedificare. Summer course (2018) Courses Summer course organised by the Madrid School of Civil Engineering and Fundación Juanelo Turriano. Venue and dates: School of Civil Engineering, 10-13 July 2018 Despite the visibility and notoriety of cathedrals, today’s society is not fully aware of their significance, profound symbolic value, the impressive technical knowledge needed to erect (and maintain) them or what they actually represent from the religious, historic and cultural perspective in a deeply genuine and polymorphic sense. Traditionally shrouded in stereotypes, Christianity’s churches and cathedrals deserve to be beheld anew from different frames of reference and experiences. The utilitas-venustas-firmitas needs to be revisited to balance those Vitruvian virtues (functionality-beauty-strength), which continue to be applicable today, inasmuch as the prevalence of any one of the three would adulterate the whole. Ingenium ut aedificare. Whilst this summer course, jointly sponsored by the School of Civil Engineering and Fundación Juanelo Turriano, is open to anyone interested, its university level syllabus (universities arose under the protection of cathedrals) is designed for post-graduate students (two credits) and professionals eager to feed their intellectual curiosity. It aims to acquaint participants with perspectives other than afforded by art historians, tourist leaflets and scholarly treatises, all meritorious and valid albeit often partial and at times biased. The vantage adopted in this course will also be partial because the subject is too vast for a comprehensive view. The intention is to spark participants’ urge to acquire a deep and critical understanding of the historic and symbolic roots of these temples’ layouts and components, evolution, architecture in the broadest sense of the term and often ignored associated engineering. Very few structures enlist as many actors in their life cycle as cathedrals. The course dates will coincide with the School of Engineering’s exhibition of its bibliographic materials on cathedrals. The display is informed by the belief that the understanding drawn from the texts and engravings custodied in the school’s library will enhance the appreciation of the stock of these monumental treasures. Once upon a time the school’s librarians realised that churches and cathedrals served as training grounds for engineers, whose education hinges on the indispensable Vitruvian triad. Course managers: Francisco Javier León (UPM), José María Goicolea Ruigómez (UPM and FJT) Coordinator: Bernardo Revuelta Pol (FJT) Online registration form (In Spanish) Programme Tuesday, 10 July Introduction. Francisco Javier Martín Carrasco, PhD. civil engineering; School of Engineering Director, Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Bernardo Revuelta Pol, architect; Fundación Juanelo Turriano Director. Opening lecture: Esbozo de sinopsis en el hilo del tiempo [Brief chronological synopsis]. Francisco Javier León González, PhD. civil engineering; tenured professor, School of Civil Engineering, UPM Presentation of the School of Engineering’s exhibition of its bibliographic materials on the subject. Daniel Crespo Delgado, PhD. history, Researcher at Fundación Juanelo Turriano. Francisco Javier León González, PhD. civil engineering; tenured professor, School of Civil Engineering, UPM La catedral: mito e imagen [Cathedrals, myth and portrayal]. Pedro Navascués Palacio, PhD. architecture; emeritus professor, School of Architecture, UPM; fellow, San Fernando Academy; vice president at Fundación Juanelo Turriano Cartas de restauración / Síntesis de los mecanismos de deterioro [Restoration charters / synthesis of mechanisms of decay]. José María García de Miguel, PhD. mining engineering; retired full professor, UPM; Endowed Chair, UNESCO professor of Mining and Industrial Heritage La estereotomía en la catedral: modelos [Stereotomy in cathedrals: models]. José Carlos Palacios Gonzalo, PhD. architecture; tenured professor, UPM Wednesday, 11 July Lex credendi, lex orandi: aproximación a la razón y sentido estético-teológico-litúrgico del edificio catedral [Lex credendi, lex orandi: reason and aesthetics-theology-liturgy in cathedral buildings]. Francisco Bueno Pimenta, PhD. philosophy; Technical School Francisco de Vitoria University Visitar a través del papel. Literatura moderna sobre catedrales. [Visit on paper: modern literature on cathedrals]. Daniel Crespo Delgado Iglesias y catedrales: Por qué siguen en pie [Churches and cathedrals: why they’re still standing]. Leonardo Todisco, PhD. civil engineering; researcher, Structures Laboratory, School of Civil Engineering, UPM Bóvedas y sus rellenos. Un componente olvidado [Vaults and their infills, a forgotten component]. Alejandro Ramos Casquero, PhD. civil engineering; Structures Dept, Grupo TYPSA Prognosis de deterioro en la gestión del patrimonio [Decay prognostics in heritage management]. Mario Tena Marín, quantities surveyor, MSc. structural engineering, foundations and materials; Fundación Santa María la Real Presentación de un ensayo en modelo reducido sobre un arco, con relleno, sometido a movimientos impuestos [Presentation of a scale model for a blind arch subjected to service loads]. Francisco Javier León González and Leonardo Todisco. Thursday, 12 July Guided tour of Segovia Cathedral. Pedro Navascués Palacio, Carlos Muñoz de Pablos, painter and painted glass artist; San Quirce Academy fellow; corresponding member of San Fernando Fine Arts Academy. La monitorización como herramienta de diagnóstico y proyecto. Algunos casos prácticos [Monitoring as a diagnostic and design tool: case studies]. Jesús Castillo Oli, architect; Fundación Santa María la Real Visita a la Casa de la Moneda. [Visiting the Royal Mint Museum]. Bernardo Revuelta Pol Friday, 13 July El Plan Nacional de Catedrales [The national cathedrals plan]. Carlos Jiménez Cuenca, PhD. architecture; Deputy General Director, Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE), Directorate General of Fine Arts and the Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Sport. La catedral de Salamanca: restauración de sus fábricas [Salamanca Cathedral: restoration of its masonry]. Valentín Berriochoa Sánchez-Moreno, PhD. architecture; retired professor, School of Architecture, UPM La catedral de Santa María de Vitoria: de “abierto por obras” a un desarrollo integral’ [Santa María de Vitoria Cathedral: from “open for remodel” to comprehensive execution]. Leandro Cámara Muñoz, architect; Technical Manager, Fundación Catedral Santa María Round table. Moderator: José María Goicolea. Panel members: Carlos Jiménez Cuenca, Valentín Berriochoa Sánchez-Moreno, Leandro Cámara Muñoz, Rafael Moneo Vallés, Pedro Navascués Palacio Conclusions and adjournment.