|Re: Domes, Pattern Languags, Cliff Dwellings & flexible houses||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Mariner (maikanoidcomm.com)|
|Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 15:21:49 -0500|
Vinay said: >If the square lot is say three times the area of the dome house, >there should be no really awkward spaces. If one is building >"high-ish" density dome housing, I wouldn't know where to start: >there's no equivalent of row-housing in domedom. Not in "modern geodesic domedom, but circular structures (which Thomas is citing as inappropriate for "patterns." in older civilizations and especially with indigenous people's there are gorgeous (to me) examples of a bunch of circular structures wonderfully fitting together, defining spaces, etc. >I'm sure that >if one wanted to build high-density dome housing there are ways >it could be done: hexagonal lots, or rings of houses around a >shared garden, that sort of thing. But really, I don't know: >I'm a kit maker, not a housing development designer, and so I'm >rather out of my depth. Appreciate your candor, Vinay. I'd urge you to branch out a bit and become more conversant on designing develoments with basically circular footprints. I highly recommend any of you out there say "ahhhhhhh!" when you look at a smoothly flowing, rounded structure look through picture books about the Anasazi who built most of the cliff dwellings in the SW U.S including Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, etc. If you're passing thru Aztec, NM, check out the modern "restored" great kiva there -- as a sacred, communal gathering place, looks and feels marvelous. Also, there are some African tribes that have incredible sculpted mud homes, usually circular with thatched roofs. Many indigenous people use circular dwellings from Tipis to Yurts to Hogans, etc. Living in them gives you a whole different consciousness when there are no corners, no boxes to confine your thinking. I understand strawbale can be built into sculpted, non-rectangular forms, right? Before you build another box, go check out some rounded structures - they're magical, and I feel they can be incorporated into patterns in a housing development. Maybe they still violate some of Alexander's ideals, but so what? I could see a cohousing development with rectangular dwellings around the periphery and a nice big common house dome in the center. Perhaps homes could have some half-dome greenhouses or vestibules or living rooms to help relate it to the common house. So, much of the above is my personal esthetic preference, but esthetics aside, building as sustainably as possible is a critical piece -- not using vast amounts of wood or toxic materials. Also, building flexibly so you don't have to remodel everytime the residents' needs change. For instance, when kids leave home and a large house isn't required for the parents, perhaps the house could be designed so they could occupy part of it while renting or selling part they're not using.... Yer friendly circular building fanatic, Michael
Re: Domes, Pattern Languags, Cliff Dwellings & flexible houses Michael Mariner, April 24 1997
- Re: Domes, Pattern Languags, Cliff Dwellings & flexible houses Vinay Gupta, April 26 1997
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