As for" in nature", there are indeed fossil remains, that appear
to be dome-shaped or, I'm told most likely, spherical. These forms
are found, even today, but only in the Seas/water. A colleague in
the Biology Dept. points out that the Cretaceous forms reflect the
greatest adherence to the geodesic form, with later forms tending to the
elliptical. Who knew!?
There are, also, certain seed forms that reflect a dome-shape, albeit not geodesic.
" Eurasian tents may merit the term "architecture" in my thinking,
who will pin
down their dates?" Strangely enough, we find tents to be much older that we thought. In the Mid-East, they have several dating to 1500+ BC and in Egypt, even older. The tipi, long thought by most of us to be American is also to be found in 4000 year old Swedish remains. The excavation of the "steppe people" of central Russian steppes also reveal tents. It is theorized that these peoples are the Aryan home race that invaded India, Persia, and Greece, and gave us our basic language, religion, and philosophical outlooks. As Spock says:"Fascinating"
bo atkinson wrote:
Ron Stevens wrote:The culturalist in me arises to take slight exception to the statement: Every world continent seems to have ancient dome examples within it's traditions. In the architectural sense, Domes, or Cupolas, are not found in aboriginal architectures on any continent except Europe,Please then prove that the American indian wigwam which is dome shaped was not aboriginal. Also please prove that African huts, today made with earthen materials in Nigeria had no ancient origin, not to forget the default simplest vegetation hut (which is dome shaped). Eurasian tents may merit the term "architecture" in my thinking, who will pin down their dates? Eskimo igloos: what date? That fossils themselves contain domes indeed should suggest the default nature of the globe we live on. Thanks,bo atkinson
email: stevens at gnt dot net
Dept of Environmental Studies
University of West Florida