|Domes and Pattern Languages||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Thomas Alexander (Thoscompuserve.com)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1997 17:02:07 -0500|
Vinnay, Me> Check out A Pattern Language and ask this question again. You> I'm definitely feeling underinformed here! Well, it's that I have carpal tunnel and try not to be too verbose. >>I challenge the implicit assertion that domes are bad places.<< I was responding to when you said that although following the patterns may lead to superior social spaces... >>The factors which make domes unsuitable for urban situations are purely matters of conformity: in a community of dome houses, a rectangular house would be quite unsuitable. I think that's the only hitch. << What about square lots and linear roads? >>I, personally, do not think I ever want to go back to living in the city.<< But the original question was whether domes were suitable for cohousing - which is a high density application. Even in rural cohousing, neighbors need to be close to each other and to the common house - often at densities which would be high by urban standards. >>To my eye, dome houses feel very large for the actual floorspace enclosed. How you and I "feel space" may differ.<< Do domes have high ceilings? That could make it feel large. Still, I think you'll feel like you're stuck in the next room to your housemates in a large feeling place, rather than being able to find your own place in a large feeling longhouse. >>I, personally, having contracted a healthy dislike of the industrialised economy,<< Ironic that industrial building and prefab dome components are your way out -- but I ponder these things too, and probably agree with you. I'll be moving to a new home soon - at a slight loss - to ensure that I'm never tempted to buy a second car - or maybe even never fix the car we have if it wears out. >>Hm. That's very interesting. I rather like the way wooden dwellings feel, but I suppose that's just a personal thing.<< His reasons are sustainability and cost of lumber as a primary material. He says it's quite suitiable for windows, door frames, etc. >> I think you're overstating the case to suggest that a dome house has "less than half the utility of a conventional home";<< What I really mean to say is that a home built with close attention to Alexander's patterns has at least twict the utility of a house built without regard to them -- and further that it's difficult to pay close attention to the patterns with a dome house. I'd consider using a dome for a weekend cabin in the woods - but not for any place with more than one house. Thos
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