2018 to 2020 Maya – Textile Roofs© Pieper/ Campoverde
Architecture and Construction of Textile Roofs in Mayan Masonry
Numerous image and written sources along with findings in the existing structures prove that Mayan chambers and terraced palaces had light, temporary textile extensions. Evidence of this practice are found in all parts of the Mayan culture.
Content of the Research
As part of the research project, it is proposed to meticulously document and investigate the historical traces, both on site as well as in comprehensive archives. These investigations are intended to serve as the basis for a digital 3D reconstruction of the temporary structures, which will then be examined in structural models for their static and constructive properties and material technology.
Goal of the Research
The project will examine both the expert and aesthetic implications of the light textile additions to Mayan architecture. Furthermore, the project aims to contribute to the scientific discourse on the history and use of the Mayan chamber palaces and their suitability for residential purposes.
Team and Funding
apl.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Gerhardt
Dipl.-Ing. Alejandro Campoverde
Prof. Dr. Jan Pieper