|Domes for common houses -- or individuals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Mariner (maikanoidcomm.com)|
|Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 17:40:59 -0500|
Maybe domes were discussed sometime on the list when I wasn't paying attention, but I don't remember seeing them discussed as alternatives to strawbale, earthships, etc. I love rounded shapes of all kinds - underground kivas, sculpted adobe, eartships, the large dome at Sunrise Ranch community (near Loveland, CO). If you built a big dome as a common house, it could have a relatively open structure for the ground floor for the dining, dancing, kitchen, etc., then on the upper floor(s) it could have more private, enclosed rooms for the various purposes of your community. My understanding is there are many advantages to domes and most of the disadvantages have been overcome (such as the original ones in the 60s used to leak). I hear geodesic domes can be relatively energy efficient, and are earthquake resistant and high wind resistent. They're not too expensive to build and can be built out of more sustainable materials (e.g., they don't have to be made out of wood/plywood.) Any dome fans out there? Any cohousing sites using them or considering them? If not, why not? Please, let's not get cohousing-L into another flame war about the merits of various building technologies -- if you want to proselytize, just refer us to your web site and be done with it, ok? Michael Coming Soon: Communities of the Future website
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