Sabina & I envision near-future province living (intermingled with province hopping) & tribal ventures. The inspiration seems to have stemmed from the innate desire to wear the most grand of headdresses all day everyday without feeling like sore thumbs (farewell, city life), among a plethora of more serious wants & needs. These headdresses will likely be rather weighty & will necessitate perfect posture & graceful movement (& perhaps overly developed neck muscles).
More importantly: eco-friendly, fully sustainable, off-the-grid, dome-shaped homes with microbial systems are part of this vision. From bird's eye view, our village layout will resemble the Flower of Life, to emphasize biophilia & universal oneness.
~ we are all connected, with one another, & with nature ~
~ we are all connected, with one another, & with nature ~
I feel it's a natural inclination to want to go back to one's roots.
Some ideas & inspiration (thanks in part to Sabina for sharing <3) by Domespace, Eco-Dome, Earthship, & Philips.
- Created with untreated, locally available, recycled materials.
- Soft on the eye with an emphasis on flow; organic, familiar, curvilinear forms with no right-angles thus fitting with nature.
- Domes with an almost extraterrestrial feel that maximize living space & are able to withstand any & all natural disasters.
- Power, water, climate, sewage, & food all accounted for within the dome's cyclical system.
- Skywards windows for sunbeams, stargazing, & moondreams.
- As much integration with nature as possible without quite becoming full-on Mowglis.
|Domespaces can be rotated by remote to compensate for weather or to satisfy aesthetic wants. For example: towards the sun in winter or towards the shade in summer; facing the beach or facing the forest.|
|The roof is shingled with untreated red cedar which is rot-resistant, & the dome shape directs rain or snow downwards & away.|
|The organic dome shape allows for the maximum use of space & the maximum spread of sunlight & protects against earthquakes & hurricanes.|
|Eco-Domes are constructed with tree-free earth mixtures.|
|They are designed with the sun, shade, & wind in mind for passive cooling & heating.|
|Interconnected living - soil, soul, self, spirit, sky, space.|
|Earthships are built with recycled materials through & through.|
|They are fully sustainable & totally energy independent, so goodbye utility bills!|
|The Microbial Home Probe is an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function's output is another's input, thereby minimizing waste.|
"Our world is sending us warning signals that we are disturbing its equilibrium. A drastic cut in our environmental impact is called for. This Probe explores how the solution is likely to come from biological processes, which are less energy-consuming & non-polluting. We need to go back to nature in order to move forward.
While the electro-mechanical age may have caused the problem, it could also help us find the solution. Technological development has enabled us to mimic nature’s processes. Now all that is lacking is a collective change in consciousness to take us into a Biological Age, one where materials can repair themselves & where by-products are no longer waste but fuel for other systems. We are going to live through this epoch change whether we choose to or not. Failure to adjust our thinking, & with it our behaviors, will force the earth to exercise its self-correcting mechanisms over us."
|"The Methane Bio-Digester is a kitchen island that includes a chopping surface with waste grinder & gas cooking range. In the device, bio-gas is produced by developing gas-generating bacteria cultures that live off of organic waste. The bacterias' gas is collected & burnt, for use in the built-in cooking range & lights or sent through to heat water pipes & be used in other components of the Microbial Home."|
|"The Larder is a dining room table that doubles as a food storage system & evaporative cooler, similar to a kind of natural refrigerator. The center of the table is composed of inset terracotta boxes, whose outer surface is warmed by the hot water pipes from the Methane Bio-Digester. The compartments vary in wall thickness & volume, providing spaces of diverse temperatures for storing different kinds of produce."|
|"The Paternoster is a plastic waste up-cycler that uses mycelium fungus to break down plastic packages & bags. Enzymes within the fungus can decompose the plastic, utilizing the material for food & thus producing edible mushrooms (as long as the inks on the plastic do not contain toxic materials). Mushroom cultures are grown in glass & inserted into a holster wheel within the device. Each week, plastic grounds are mixed with the mycelium."|
|"The Urban Beehive is designed to facilitate domestic beekeeping. Installed into an exterior wall, one side of the device offers an integrated flowerpot below an entry tunnel for the bees. As the creatures fly into the main hive, they find a preexisting honeycomb structure on which they can build their wax cells. The glass shell permits the entry of orange light, which bees use for sight, while rendering visible the interior structure & work of the bees."|
|"The Filtering Squat Toilet requires no external energy, saving water by using a special flush mechanism. |
The device filters excrement to the Methane Bio-Digester for use as energy."
|"Bio-Light uses either bioluminescent bacteria, fed with methane & composted material from the Methane Bio-Digester, or fluorescent proteins to generate light for the home. The lamp structure is a wall of glass cells suspended in a hung or freestanding steel frame, filled with biological cells. The low-intensity light generated requires no electricity."|