Keynote lecture at Structural Engineers World Congress 2019

Professor Garlock delivered a keynote lecture at the Structural Engineers World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, 24-26 April 2019.  The title of the lecture was “Felix Candela Umbrellas Transformed:
From Roofs to Coastal Defense”, and it represented a new direction of research that integrates structural art with coastal defense structures.  The theme of the conference was “Architecture and Structure: From Past to Future” and Candela’s umbrellas represented exactly that.  His umbrella structures are ‘structural architecture’ – meaning the two are indistinguishable.  Whereas in the past, these umbrella structures were used for roof coverings for large areas, the presentation focused on the potential future of these umbrellas as coastal defense structures.