University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Printed Textiles: Pattern Stories


August 24 - October 13, 2013




During the 16th century in Mexico, buildings of exceptional construction quality were built to accommodate thousands converting to Christianity. In a complex process of symbiosis, indigenous master builders, using the most advanced technology of their time and their deep knowledge of locally-available building materials, worked with Spanish architects who had knowledge of the architecture of the ribbed vault. Together they built three churches in Mixteca, Mexico, with geometrically-elegant vaults unique to 16th century America. This exhibition explains the complex digital modeling and other advanced technologies that enabled research on and duplication of these vaults in the late 20th century.

The exhibition includes scale models of each dome.  Read about the process of 3D printing these models on our blog.


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Researcher and guest exhibition curator:

Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla


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