Dome is a research project which brings together the Università di Catania Lab II students and the Building School students with a common goal of constructing a 1:1 low-tech shelter. Brick arches, vaults and domes become a basis for innovative experiments with traditional materials and techniques. The adopted method is based on the use of a revolving compass - a traditional Nubian technique explored by the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy and perfected by Fabrizio Caròla in Africa, and in particular in Mali, over a period of more than thirty years. This experimental building site is also a homage to Fabrizio Carola - “the stone man” as the Mali Dogon call him – whose work demonstrates a possible return to a balanced relationship between architecture and its environment in a context in which research, academic and professional domains no longer constitute separate domains.
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