19th May 2004
“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.
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