Re: thoughts on domes and markets
Admitted, my grammar sucks. That's why God gave me spell checks and grad
students- proofers extrordinaire.
I think we may agree to dis-agree a little. "Dome shaped" is for me, not the
same as a "dome", or "geodesic". It is a fault, I'm told, to be so picky in
my definitions/descriminations but it is my training. They help me separate
things into understandable categories. Blame Kant for that!
By your logic, a croquet ball, cut in half, is a dome. Not so for me. But, I
fear, we may be semanticing ourselves to death. Let's just agree that I'm
correct and call it quits (:-))
Michael Rowland wrote:
> Ron Stevens writes:
> > 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...
> The only thing I take exception to in that statement is the apostrophe in
> "it's". In Asia, you have yurts. In the middle east, you have tents.
> Wherever you have aboriginal cultures that build shelters by bending two
> or more saplings together and tying them where they cross, you have a dome
> structure. (And let's not forget the igloo.) It might be stretching a
> point to call a tipi a dome, but they definitely have more in common with
> domes than they do with rectangles.
> When post-and-beam building gave way to balloon framing, suddenly dome
> structures were everywhere. The trouble with these box houses is that they
> are really just distorted and structurally inefficient domes.
> > Domes are a "man created" structure with only a few examples in
> > nature: caves, and some biological examples of waterborne life.
> (I'll never understand why people insist on saying this.) Ron, I don't
> know how waterborne you are, but YOU are most definitely an example of a
> dome in nature. (Shall I evoke the image of Bucky tapping that writer on
> his head and telling him he's been living in a dome all his life?)
> The eggs I ate for breakfast this morning came in naturally-occurring
> dome-shaped (luckily for the hen) containers. Soon, I look forward to
> eating an orange that I'll first have to extract from within its
> dome-shaped container (and I will take pleasure in extracting it in such a
> way that the structure of the container will still be visible; my wife's
> always getting onto me for leaving those things lying around).
> I've been collecting turtle shells for a long time, now. Not only are they
> domes, they are visibly geodesic in structure, composed of modified
> pentagons and hexagons (some of the hexagons modified almost to the point
> of being quadralaterals).
> There are examples of domes and geodesic structures everywhere in nature.
> Have you ever come across an ovenbird's nest? Or cut open an oak gall? Or
> had to remove a hornet's nest from your yard? Or gathered puffballs? Or
> had to exercise a ridiculous degree of mechanical advantage to open a
> walnut? (Or a ridiculously small degree of mechanical advantage to open a
> peanut?) Or, maybe you have coconuts where you live. The leaves on the
> trees on our property are geodesic structures of interlocking veinings so
> efficient that only a slight, almost invisible degree of curvature is
> needed to preserve their structural integrity.
> What mankind did was try to remove the dome shape from the structures it
> created... and it's always been a losing proposition, because little
> aspects of the original closed-system shape have to keep creeping back in,
> to keep the structures from collapsing.
email: stevens at gnt dot net
Dept of Environmental Studies
University of West Florida
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