Stereotomy (descriptive geometry)

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Stereotomy of the Condes de Benavente Castle (corner detail), Puebla de Sanabria, Spain

Stereotomy (Greek: στερεός (stereós) "solid" and τομή (tomē) "cut ") is the set of geometrical knowledge and techniques of drawing and cutting the blocks of solid material, such as stone or wood, and their assembly into complex structures (wall, vault, arch, etc.) related to architectural construction. Stereotomy represents an alternative to building techniques based on the use of small pieces of stone or brick, which make up the complex geometry structures and sometimes due to its small size and joints.