The Interconnections of Knowledge
A friend posts a picture of the Chapel in Arkansas. I love the blend of structure, architecture, and art in its design. I want to see it. I have not been there, but it seems familiar.
The idea of gridded reinforcement is wonderfully old. It was incorporated into ancient architecture and refined for thousands of years. Here it is used in masonry, rather than the timber structure shown above.
Engineers rediscover that form time and again. Here it is used as a spiral reinforcement on a cylindrical shell. There are layers within layers. We have a plastic matrix reinforced with strong woven fibers. The outer skin is stabilized by spiral ribs that are cured into the structure.
Then again, the idea of a composite structure where a strong, thin, shell is stabilized by an internal network is quite an old idea. We’ve been carrying it with us for some time.
Thank you all. Your gifts inspire me.