19th May 2004




‘When is a Dome Not a Dome?’ is the unlikely question which will be asked at the University of Lincoln next week.


Posing the question will be Professor John Chilton, Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture, whose inaugural lecture will describe long-span structures from the Pantheon in Rome to the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.


His talk on Wednesday 26th May at the University of Lincoln will take as its theme the development of lightweight long-span structures from the Roman period to the present day.


“Since the human race first experienced a need for buildings in which a large number of people could assemble, architects and engineers have striven to produce lightweight structures of ever-increasing span, many described as ‘domes’,” says Professor Chilton.


“In the mind of a structural engineer a dome is a structure that has a distinct form and behaviour. Many modern long-span structures are described as ‘domes’ when their primary load-bearing system does not accord with the engineering definition.


“Some actually work almost entirely in tension, although they still may be more or less dome-shaped, such as the Millennium Dome. Such advances have even made it possible for modern roofs to be lighter than the weight of air they enclose!”


Professor Chilton came to Lincoln from the University of Nottingham last year and became Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture at the beginning of this year.


The lecture will be given at 6pm on Wednesday 26th May in lecture theatre AR0107 Lecture Theatre in the new architecture building at Brayford Pool.


Admission is free, members of the public are welcome to attend and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.


To book a place contact Faith Cobaine on Lincoln 886626 or email fcobaine@lincoln.ac.uk


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