The History and Future of Domes

Review the essential principles in designing a dome. 

  • Examine the Romans’ Pantheon Dome to introduce the structural elements of domes: meridians, parallels and materials such as concrete 
  • Discover how modern domes are engineered and what loads must be considered in the design 
  • Explore the stories behind the building of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia – a cathedral built 14 centuries ago that can still astonish a modern-day engineer – as well as one of the most revolutionary domes in the history of building: The Duomo (Dome) of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence