International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)

Cambridge, MA
Monday, July 16, 2018


Technical Tours

IASS has organized the following technical tours which are available at an additional cost. Boxed lunch and transportation will be provided. Tickets must be reserved at the time of registration and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

Guastavino vaults in Boston
Friday, July 20 from 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fee: $75
SOLD OUT!
This tour will focus on the tile vaulted ceilings of the Boston Public Library, completed in 1895 by architects McKim Mead and White, together with master shell builder Rafael Guastavino Sr. This groundbreaking project showcases an array of brick vaulted ceilings, which launched the Guastavino family's extraordinary contributions to more than 1,000 buildings across North America. In addition, the group will visit several other examples of vaulted structures in the Boston area. The group will meet at 9:00AM in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium for a 9:15AM departure by bus.

Good walking shoes are recommended. Boxed lunch will be provided.

Pier Luigi Nervi Fieldhouses, Hanover, New Hampshire
Friday, July 20 from 8:45AM - 6:00PM
Fee: $75
SOLD OUT!
This tour will provide a unique opportunity to visit two long-span vaulted concrete shells on the campus of Dartmouth College. The Leverone Fieldhouse of 1962 and the Thompson Arena of 1975 are the first and last American projects by leading shell designer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979). Located across the street from each other, these two projects provide a fascinating opportunity to experience the mature work of Nervi in a context far from his native Italy. The tour will be led by Canadian engineer Momo Sun of Thornton-Tomasetti in New York, who recently completed her Master's thesis at MIT comparing these two projects. In addition, the tour will visit the Hopkins Center with engineer Matthys Levy of Weidlinger Associates, who oversaw its design. The travel time by bus from Boston will be approximately two hours. The group will meet at 8:45AM in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium for a 9:00AM departure by bus.  

Good walking shoes are recommended. Boxed lunch will be provided.

Buckminster Fuller's Timber Dome, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Friday, July 20 from 8:45AM - 6:00PM
Fee: $75
SOLD OUT!
The earliest existing geodesic dome attributed to R. Buckminster Fuller was constructed in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in the summer of 1953 by university students from MIT and elsewhere. Today, this innovative timber dome faces an uncertain future as well as numerous preservation challenges. A visit to the dome with architects Robert Mohr and Joseph Swerdlin will provide insight into Fuller's methods of design research. The group will meet at 8:45AM in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium for a 9:00AM departure by bus.  

Good walking shoes are recommended. Boxed lunch will be provided.

Accompanying Person Excursions
Information coming soon!