Ekodome’s Geodesic Dome Kits turn into popup shelters or greenhouses

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If you enjoyed building forts as a kid, you’re going to love the modular design of the Ekodome Geodesic Dome Kits, which provide options for a versatile dome with endless possibilities. The Geodesic Dome Kits are made by Ekodome, a company based in Brooklyn, New York City. The concept is simple with an aluminum frame that you put together, DIY-style. It’s made with high-quality, durable materials for a long lifecycle. Supplies include the aluminum hub and hub caps with EPDM seal on, aluminum struts and caps both equipped with TPE SEBS seals and stainless steel bolts and nuts. Related: Agrodomes are individual greenhouses for budding crops Once constructed, the geodesic dome can be used for a multitude of purposes such as a greenhouse, garden shed or glamping tent. You might want to employ it as a temporary work space, living quarters or a chicken coop. It would also work as an off-grid tiny home or disaster relief shelter. Each frame can be covered with your choice of material, ranging in thickness from 4mm to 10mm. This allows you the ability to adapt the unit for use as a greenhouse with plastic or as a shelter with fabric. You can form your own coverings using company templates or wait for the pre-cut panels, which are expected to be offered soon. The modular design allows you to connect units together via tunnels for the true Mars experience and also for protection from the elements here on Earth. The geodome concept isn’t new and has been used for tents and full-size homes with an understanding that the design is strong, light and efficient. However, these domes often have notable issues in regards to water resistance and reliable, protective cladding options. Ekodome has overcome those challenges using innovative technology to create strong seals throughout. The company now offer five geodome solutions. Ekodome explained, “The five different models at various sizes are named after the feelings they evoke at first sight: Seed, for being the smallest in size; Luna, for being able to connect to bigger sizes like a satellite; Terra, for being the most common size for greenhouses ; Stellar, for its stunning look and Cosmos, for its massive dimensions.” + Ekodome Images via Ekodome

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Google’s San Jos Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan approved by city council

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Google is seemingly everywhere, yet it considers the San José, California area home. Inasmuch, the company has been in the planning stages to develop an 80-acre campus since 2017, and discussions have been in the works between the city, the citizens and the company. Recently, the San José City Council gave the go-ahead for Google to pursue its San José Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan, which is set to be the largest multi-modal transit hub on the West Coast. The lead designer on the project, SITELAB Urban Studio, created a concept that is an extension of downtown San José, an area rich with culture and connections with nature. Rather than making a stuffy commercial space, the plan welcomes the community with a major transit hub and copious opportunities to engage with the environment along 15 acres of green spaces and parks. Related: Abu Dhabi’s new urban biodiversity park enhances local microclimate Even with thousands of houses, 7.3 million square feet of office space and up to 500,000 square feet of retail, cultural, arts, education and gathering spaces, the 80-acre compound aims to achieve a net-zero target . The approved Downtown West project incorporates nearly all-electric buildings and will rely on a microgrid to serve the area. It will host 7.8 megawatts of onsite solar generation and energy-efficient utilities to be shared between buildings. All of these systems will help to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Water-saving features are also part of the plan with an onsite water reuse facility and the implementation of a water recycling system for all non-potable uses. The micro-community will be set up to support bike and foot traffic to minimize car emissions with the goal of having 65% of all trips be made by bike, foot, public transit or carpool. The massive project plans to break ground in 2023 but will be constructed in stages over a timeline of 10 years. In the end, the project aims to earn LEED ND Gold for the project as a whole and LEED Gold for all office buildings. Google said, “Over three years we’ve spoken to thousands of residents and stakeholders to collectively imagine how Downtown West can contribute to the future of the Diridon Station Area and the City of San José. We heard a consistent message and request: create a community that has housing alongside jobs, that is part of San José and not a corporate campus. We took that as a call to action and are excited to share the fruits of our collaboration with the release of Downtown West’s Social Infrastructure Plan.”  + SITELAB Urban Studio Images via SITELAB Urban Studio and Google

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