Bowls Project


In an installation demonstrating seismic resilience, Cambridge Universtiy professor, Michael Ramage designed an exhibit consisting of sturdy hand crafted masonry shells that sit on top of a high-tech seismic safety system.  The two interlocking domes were built of lightweight concrete bricks applied one row at a time.  The stress of an earthquake would be diffused through the wafer-like collage of three layers of masonry and flexible fabric netting.  In addition, Ramage devised a base isolation system that would satisfy California’s stringent building codes.   

Engineer/Design | Michael Ramage