Kingdome under construction, King County Archive. The structure was imploded in when replaced by Safeco Field. The period from about through , the central time period of the Modern Movement in architecture, was marked by intense optimism about the future of construction and a desire to place architecture and engineering on a shared and rational basis. The thin- shell concrete structure was developed as an engineering solution to economically achieve large spans for industrial, commercial, and public structures, and was embraced by the architectural profession as a potent means of architectural expression.

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Shop Dr. On the cover is the fabulous Dome of a Home located in Pensacola, Florida and operated as a luxurious vacation resort. This dome is a prime example of a thin shell concrete dome that is not only beautiful but has the proven ability to withstand hurricanes. Arnold Wilson After Dr. And not just any book. Wilson has engineered more thin shells than any other person, living or dead. In when Dr. When you talk about that train, you have to include Arnold.

When it comes to the engineering of domes built using Airforms, Arnold is a pioneer. By , Dr. Wilson was teaching a graduate course in the design of concrete thin shells, using Thin Shell Concrete Structures by David P. Billington, McGraw-Hill, and as the text. He continued teaching that course until his retirement from BYU in Meet the Book: Practical Design of Concrete Shells Its pages contain a generous amount of diagrams, photographs and formulas.

The artwork in this article is but a small example of those in the text. In addition to the technical information, the book talks about the decline of thin shells in the s and their resurrection, once construction processes using inflatable forms were invented.

It discusses the benefits of thin shells, such as cost-effective construction and maintenance, near-absolute protection from natural and some manmade disasters, structural strength and durability, extremely low energy use, interior and exterior design flexibility and eye appeal. It includes domes constructed as homes and as commercial and public facilities, huge domes with diameters of up to feet, unusual applications such as airplane hangars and water tanks.

Finally, the book looks at the future potential of thin shell concrete domes. But besides all the good stuff, Practical Design of Concrete Shells also cites dome failures and the reasons for those failures. Research for rotating floors — Research involving the rotating floor has been completed that demonstrates a feasible and economical solution.

In Dr. Unique design examples — Dr. Wilson devotes an entire chapter in his book about design examples. This thin shell concrete home overlooking Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, has three stories and square feet of living space in the main residence and square feet in the adjoining apartment.

Shotcrete Techniques — This book illustrates the proper shotcrete techniques to minimize shadowing behind the rebar so that leakage is controlled and corrosion prevented in a water tank. Tall buildings — In this book you can see how several large silos have been built to create a hotel or apartment complex or condo housing units such as the one located near Hyderaba, India.

Catalytic Software is a housing complex that includes multifamily housing, offices and recreation areas. That was pretty amazing for a square-foot, all-electric house in Mesa.


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