What are some designs of structures without trusses?

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The geodesic dome is perhaps the iconic structural system of the space-race era, and it was later appropriated for dome homes by the counter-culture of the 1960s and 70s, all the way through to Burning Man today.

A geodesic dome is a sphere, or more usually a partial sphere, built with lightweight struts and connectors that interlock in a highly triangulated curved structure that is very strong for its weight. It can then be left as is (a geodesic sphere) or covered in a weatherproof skin of some sort (a geodesic dome).

The concept of the geodesic dome was invented by Walther Bauersfeld, who built a planetarium for the Zeiss Corporation at Jena, Germany in 1923, and several others in the years following.

It was later reinvented, patented and popularised by Richard Buckminster Fuller in the 1940s and 1950s. He also came up with the term geodesic. Here he is, in front of his design for the US pavilion at the 1967 World Fair in Montreal (now the Montreal Biosphere).

Geodesic domes are unfortunately not the most practical building type. They are complex to design, with some heavy maths involved. They need custom designed and manufactured parts, which is very expensive. Internal space planning is difficult, and they are notorious for leaking.

What are some designs of structures without trusses?


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