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All Saints Chapel - Figure 1

This little Chapel was constructed for a private kindergarten through twelfth grade school in Dallas, Texas. The architect wanted some excitement in the Chapel that the young students could relate to more than a traditional chapel. It is a prime example of “The Process of the Art of Engineering.” 

Thomas Taylor of Datum Engineers has had a strong interest in the structurally interesting tensegrity sculptures of Kenneth Snelson.  Mr. Snelson was a student of Buckminister Fuller and has a strong and wonderful insight into structural aspects of the universe.  Mr. Taylor enjoys quoting Mr. Snelson when they were collaborating on a roof structure in the 1970s.  Mr. Snelson mused, “I have one failing in life.  I have no interest in anything useful!” He was not interested in dealing with roof leaks.