The Nexus Network Journal is pleased to announce a Call for Papers

Complex Vaulted Systems: Geometry and Architecture from Design to Construction

Guest Editors: Roberta Spallone and Marco Vitali (Politecnico di Torino)

CFP Spallone Vitali

The theme of this special issue encompasses complex vaulted systems over the centuries. Topics of interest include:

  • Modeling of historical sources about vaults’ geometry and architecture;
  • Morphologic comparative studies of geometrically-shaped vaults;
  • Analysis of geometric tracing, stereotomy, centering, and calculus methods in built heritage;
  • Investigation of the relationships between geometry and structure in historicized vaulted systems.

This Call for Papers can be downloaded at CFP_Complex Vaulted Systems.

 In Western architecture, masonry and stone-work vaults were the main structures used over the centuries for covering the internal spaces of the buildings. In specific historical periods (e.g. Middle Age, Baroque, until Contemporary…) the vaults take particular complexity due to a more stringent link between Geometry and Architecture that fuels the inventive abilities of designers and builders. The experimentation and the construction of new spatial configurations was favored by the virtuosic application of stereotomy for stone works, or the enhancements of building techniques for masonry and concrete works.

The study of vaulted systems involves the search of the relationships between Geometry and Architecture in the process from design to construction, dealing with shapes, materials, and ornamentations.

Guidelines for manuscript preparation can be found on the NNJ website:

Submission does not guarantee publication; all submissions will be peer‐reviewed before being considered for publication. Reviews of appropriate books and exhibits are also welcome.


  • Deadline for submissions for review: 1 March 2020.
  • Notification of outcome/acceptance: 15 April 2020.
  • Deadline for submission of final revised manuscript: 1 October 2020.
  • Publication (may be subject to change): Nexus Network Journal vol. 23, no. 2 (2021).

Submissions should be made via the NNJ Editorial Manager platform ( In the ‘Enter Comments’ box as part of the submission process, authors should note that the paper is for the special issue on Patterns and Spatial Organisation.

Prospective authors should also email the Guest Editors of this Special Issue directly to notify of their intention. Roberta Spallone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Marco Vitali (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).