Floating plastic dome will be able to cover stadiums and cities

Ambrose M. Richardson : Architect
Plastic windows filled with helium and joined to make a floating umbrellalike dome may cover stadiums and baseball parks of the future. Prof. Ambrose M. Richardson, University of Illinois architect, believes it may be eventually possible to cover entire cities, with industrial buildings and factories located outside of the dome. The dome would be anchored by cables with no interior support except buoyant helium to hold the pillows aloft with edges of the dome 10 feet off the ground. Richardson envisions homes under the dome built without roofs and with lightweight walls for privacy. Even on overcast days, he predicts, solar radiation would provide adequate heat. Supplementary radiant heat could be arranged for cool evenings.

GREGORY BENFORD, Popular Mechanics, (2012), "The Future That Never Was: Pictures from the Past', [online], Available: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/future-that-never-was-next-gen-tech-concepts?click=main_sr#slide-1