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, I have noticed that its bottom ends were embedded in the concrete floor of the sandbox and concluded that a 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 its initial manufacture, it can be infinitely altered and accessorized after its on site installation, it is self contained, doesn’t require a foundation and can be moved whole or disassembled to a different location.
I didn’t get to the realization of that concept until 1980 and after I got to the state as shown on this page and assessed the scope of the project I walked away. Only to return in 1997 the same concept, different design. Nearing the completion of the second prototype I ran out of money. In the following years although no longer working physically on the geodesic sphere, it was living in my head where I have found its design overly complex yet limiting and in 2013-2014 created the sphere of OZ, a tool designed to facilitate the creation of an infinite number of structures and forms, a geodesic sphere being one of them. My current design/prototype of a human habitat in the form of a geodesic sphere is based on the concept of the sphere of OZ and it fulfills what I have set out to accomplish in 1975 and 1997.
The concept and the components of
the sphere of OZ can be used in a 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 space.
A human habitat that is based on the concept of the sphere of OZ, namely yet not exclusively a geodesic sphere will give a meaning to and make sense of the term “Eco/green/off-grid/smart home” by addressing the whole. From its conception through design, fabrication, delivery, infrastructure, utilities, sustainability, autonomy, adaptability, maintenance, upgrade-ability, longevity, ecological and climate impact and eventually the method of its disposal.
A human habitat designed to
evolve into autonomous living environment.