AIA Dallas featured the Monolithic Dome Institute in the latest issue of Columns magazine. This one page highlight focused on Bruco the caterpillar, Monolithic’s history, and the resilience of domes.
Columns is a magazine published four times a year by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It reaches more than 3,000 people, including AIA Dallas members, city officials, arts patrons, and other professionals.
Below is a quote from the article about Bruco, written by Greg Brown:
“Driving south on I-35E from Dallas, just before the exit for Italy on the left-hand side of the highway, drivers get a glimpse of a cheerful caterpillar made out of a series of 76-foot interconnected domes. Its glow-in-the-dark cowboy boots and smile conceal a more serious purpose. The 14,000-square-foot factory space marks the edge of the headquarters of Monolithic, a family of companies and organizations dedicated to the introduction and construction of the monolithic dome, a structure utilized around the world as an energy-efficient and disaster-proof building solution.”
The last page of the magazine, where the feature was located, is always the subject of something ‘quirky,’ stated Greg Brown, author of the article and program director for the Dallas Center for Architecture. “Someone suggested ‘the caterpillar on I-35’ and once we dug a little deeper realized it would be a perfect fit in our resilience-themed issue. I’m glad we could shed a little light on this interesting structure,” Brown said.
AIA Dallas is the seventh largest chapter of the AIA, and aims to empower architects in their field. It boasts a membership of over 2,000 individuals and 300 architectural firms. For more information, visit the AIA Dallas website.
To view the web version of the article, visit the AIA Dallas website.
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