Building better communities under a dome

Sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? In fact, there is even a science fiction TV series about life under the dome.

The idea isn’t new. In-fact in the 50s & 60s, Buckminster Fuller who was an Architect best known for creating Geodesic domes. He even envisioned covering entire cities with energy domes that could direct water and control your environment.

I find the idea of managing your environment in a dome incredibly appealing.

With plenty of examples of domes used for greenhouse gardening, there is no reason to think you could control the environment in your home as well.

I’m a big fan of the ‘Earthship Building’ movement that Mike Renolds pioneered. Offgrid homes that are designed to maximize geography and bring food production into your home.

I won’t ramble too long in this, my first post here… but suffice to say that I see merging the concepts of Earthships with that of domes along with a few other innovative ideas including geothermal, aquaponic farming, aircrete, hempcrete & hemp plastic, can all be combined to create a low cost, visually appealing, self-sustaining building.

More importantly, a small community of these buildings, combined with some commons areas & buildings could be a model for other sustainable communities and a lovely way of life.

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