A large tubular geodesic dome erected in a playground sandbox was my first encounter with a geodesic structure of any kind. While climbing all over it and admiring its strength and rigidity I have noticed that its bottom ends were embedded in the concrete floor of the sandbox and realized that a “conventional” geodesic dome is permanently tied to and its integrity reliant on a conventional, usually a concrete foundation. That very same day in the summer of 1975 I have begun to create the concept of a human habitat in the form of a geodesic sphere that is mass producible yet fully customizable during the initial manufacture and can be infinitely altered and accessorized after its installation.
I didn’t get to the realization of that concept until 1980 and after I have assessed the scope of the project I walked away. Only to return in 1997 the same concept, a different design and equipped with a staying power.
Nearing the completion of the second prototype of a geodesic sphere in 2001 I ran out of money. In the following years although no longer working physically on the geodesic sphere, I have thoroughly reexamined its design and as a result created the sphere of OZ, a tool whose qualities originate from its adherence to the concept on which it is founded, the concept of a point and a line. A tool designed to facilitate the creation of an infinite number of structures and forms a geodesic sphere being one of them. The sphere of OZ is a manifestation of my philosophy, formed from my understanding of and coming to terms with concepts, absolutes and myself. My current design of a human habitat in the form of a geodesic sphere is based on the sphere of OZ and it fulfills in every respect the requirements I have set out to accomplish in 1975 and 1997.
An object based on the concept and incorporating components of the sphere of OZ can be used in the construction of a human habitat as well as most any other type of a building/structure, in housing, commerce, industry, agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture on land, water and in the space. It will be first created virtually on a computer screen while placed in its future environment, using design programs, tutorials and catalogs of components that will be accessible through the Internet or from digital data storing devices. The real components will be fabricated entirely in factories, available from a stock or build to an order, delivered to and assembled at a chosen site. Through the same process or through an individual custom work the given object can be than at any time infinitely altered, customized and accessorized, its components resold or traded and eventually recycled.
A human habitat based on the concept of the sphere of OZ, namely yet not exclusively a geodesic sphere will give a meaning to and make a sense of the term “Eco/green housing” by addressing the whole, from its conception through design, fabrication, delivery, infrastructure, utilities, sustainability, autonomy, adaptability, maintenance, obsolescence, upgrade-ability, longevity, ecological and climate impact and eventually the method of its disposal.
I have conceived the human habitat in the form of geodesic sphere based on the sphere of OZ to evolve into an autonomous living environment.