The Materials Book

238 1 “The Gaiola  is constituted by a set of plane trusses, called frontal walls, connected atthe corners by vertical bars that belong to orthogonal frontal walls. Each frontal wall is constituted by a set of triangles, a geometry similar to the steel trusses of nowadays. Since the triangle is a geometric figure that cannot deform without variation of the length of the sides, in fact it is the only one, each frontal wall only needs to mobilize the axial force of its bars to resist forces in any direction in its own plan. Therefore, the connection between orthogonal frontal walls by means of common vertical wood bars yields a tridimensional truss capable of resisting forces applied in any direction. In general the space between the wood bars of the frontal walls is filled with weak masonry, and the surfaces are covered with a finishing material, therefore the Gaiola in general is not visible.” Mário Lopes et  al., “Pombalino Constructions: Description and Seismic Assessment,” in  Structural Rehabilitation of Old Buildings , ed. Aníbal Costa, João Miranda Guedes, and Humberto Varum (Berlin: Springer, 2014), 188. Funding the reconstruction project has not been an easy task, but it is highly rewarding when we as architects are able to set up a successful collaboration between the government, donors, and the community. Taller Capital believes that the architect of the twenty-first century needs to address some of humanity’s most compelling problems by fully using the incredible capabilities of design— both traditional and modern, sustainable and future-oriented. The tools of our profession establish the common ground where fruitful dialogues between diverse constituents can become architecture. Brick recovered and stored for later use during the post- earthquake period in Juchitán.

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