Monthly Archives: July 2012

Image Image Image I have completed the second demonstration of airform construction, the first was for Palm Springs Modernism Week in February of this year, and the second was for AltBuild Expo in Santa Monica, on May 11 and 12.  I performed the demonstrations to ‘put the word out’ that I am interested in, and ready to design homes to be built in this method, because it has many benefits for today’s conditions. Those conditions being the need for a sustainable way to build, a cost efficient way to build, and to produce structures which provide protection from natural disasters.  Additionally, the homes can have great architectural variation. This is very exciting to me.  A problem I have as an architect, and which most all architects currently have, is that residential construction has all but ceased due to the global economic crisis.  At a time when the weather is extremely violent, and the degradation of the planet has reached the tipping point, very little construction is happening. In actuality, ceasing to build is possibly the greenest thing which could be done for the planet, so that is the silver lining. However, when we do begin building again, we will need to build smarter, and I believe that the concrete dome homes will be widely implemented in the future as a perfect solution to the dilemma of housing in many parts of the world. Just yesterday, the cabana I built for AltBuild was placed in its proper location in the community garden being created at Warren Lane Elementary in Inglewood. The Social Justice Learning Institute is behind this project, and it will be ‘in the works’ for some time. In addition to growing vegetables, there will be greenhouses, citrus trees, an aquaponic system, and a hen house. It is gratifying for me to know that the cabana has gone to a place where people will learn to be more self sufficient, and they will learn firsthand about the magic and mystery of life and nature….something which can be lost in the aisles of the supermarket.  In this time of environmental crisis, the garden will teach about the need for balance and connection to the earth. Image As I go forward with my intention to build monolithic dome structures, I have greater clarity that I will focus on three areas: disaster relief rebuilding, building communities for impoverished populations, and housing for the homeless. I am faced with the need to seek out individuals and/or institutions able to fund such efforts. ImageI still believe that the dome homes are the most logical solution for building residences all over the US, especially where the devastation from fires and extreme weather continues.  For people who are considering adding a storm shelter to their homes, I have designed a series of above ground concrete dome additions. These shelter additions can be enjoyed every day, because they can be a bedroom suite, a recreation or family room, a home office, a pool house, etc. The designs have sleeping accommodations for 6-8 people, small kitchens, a full bath, and ample storage. In the event of a disaster, the residents would go to the shelter addition for safety. In the unfortunate event that the main home is damaged or destroyed, the addition functions as a comfortable home until the main house is repaired or replaced. Image Image <&nbsp> <&nbsp> <&nbsp> <&nbsp> -Doug Stanton