Escape the everyday in this Geodesic Dome House in Palm Springs

May 19, 2018 by  
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Inspired by 20th-century architect R. Buckminster Fuller , architect Pavlina Williams transformed a decrepit dome house in Palm Springs into a dreamy retreat that channels bohemian and mid-century modern vibes. Now available as a vacation rental on Boutique Homes , the Geodesic Dome House offers stunning desert views on a private five-acre lot. Keep reading for a peek inside. Pavlina  and her husband Carter worked on their passion project on weekends and completed the renovation in a year. The key to the redesign was opening up the interior to natural light; Pavlina ordered custom windows from Home Depot to create a band of glazing for panoramic views . For a more modern appearance, Pavlina and Carter ripped up the existing flooring to expose the structural slab, which they then polished. Related: Couple spent seven years handcrafting their dream geodesic home In contrast to its bohemian exterior, the interior is bright and airy with a mid-century modern aesthetic in homage to the movement’s impact on Palm Springs . When asked by Boutique Homes about her favorite part of the home, Pavlina replied, “The location and the views. It’s five acres — and you hardly see the neighbors. You’re in the middle of nowhere. I mean that in a good way. You have the windmills all around you, so it feels like this is the end of the road, like you are here on your own. I love the desert, I love the mountains. In my mind, it’s really all about what’s around it.” The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home accommodates up to six guests with rates starting at $245 a night . + Geodesic Dome House Images via Boutique Homes

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Autonomous robotic garden can drive itself around the city in search of sun

October 5, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/163436492 Designed by UCL students William Victor Camilleri and Danilo Sampaio under the supervision of the Interactive Architecture Lab’s director Ruairi Glynn, Hortum machina, B draws inspiration from Buckminster Fuller’s landmark book ‘Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ and his geodesic domes . The mobile ecosystem uses a network of electrodes to monitor the garden’s physiological responses to the environment and then, using this data, propels the sphere into motion. For example, if the plants at the bottom of the sphere lack direct light, the individual panels begin to shift until those plants are sufficiently lit. The robotic core can also move the sphere to a new location if the garden requires shade or if air pollution levels are unhealthy. Related: ON/OFF’s BOULEvard tensegrity ball is a mobile playground in Brussels “With all the discussion of ‘“smart-buildings’” and ‘“smart-cities’” focused on human needs, and the arrival of driverless cars, drones and many other forms of intelligent robotics starting to co-habit our built environment, Hortum machina, B is a speculation upon new opportunities for bio-cooperative interaction between nature, technology and people, within the city landscape,” write the designers. “A growing body of research has revealed electrochemical mechanisms in plants analogous to those found in the animal nervous system. By networking and amplifying plant electrophysiology, [we] believe it opens the doors to giving nature a say in how we design and manage cities better in the future.” Hortum machina, B was tested in London. All plants in the garden are native to Greater London and the machine is powered by an attached solar panel. The unit also has built-in water storage. The experimental project was seen as a way to expand the reach of London’s green space to new terrain. + Hortum machina, B Images via Hortum machina, B

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Lloyd Godman’s experimental air plant sculpture teaches students about tensegrity

April 6, 2015 by  
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Artist Lloyd Godman developed SPICEE, an experimental air plant sculpture suspended on the rooftop of the Friends School Hobart in Australia. Created as part of the school’s Quaker in Residence program, the permanent installation teaches students the Buckminster Fuller concept of Tensegrity , a structural principle that uses pre-stressed tensioned elements to create a system of continuous tension. The art piece is made from stainless steel and uses six tubes to symbolize the Quaker testimonials behind the acronym SPICEE: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Earth Care. Living Tillandsia air plants are attached to SPICEE with special wire, and excess plant growth will be harvested to create more living plant artworks. + Lloyd Godman The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air plants , Buckminster Fuller , Friends School Hobart , Lloyd Godman , Quaker in Residence , reader submitted content , SPICEE , tensegrity , tillandsia

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In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

April 6, 2015 by  
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As if California needed more bad news – amidst a drought of unprecedented proportions , new research has revealed the state could be in for a massively destructive earthquake. We reported last month that seismologists expect a megaquake in California’s future , and now a further discovery makes that news even more terrifying. According to Phys.org , seismologists from UC Berkeley have now proven that the Hayward Fault, east of San Francisco, is actually a branch of the Calaveras Fault that runs east of San Jose – which means both could eventually rupture together and create a much larger earthquake than previously expected. Read the rest of In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California earthquake , earthquake , earthquakes , estelle chassard uc berkeley , harward fault connected to Calaveras , san francisco earthquake , san jose earthquake , scientists predict stronger earthquake , seismic hazard california

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

September 24, 2014 by  
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Google Dumps ALEC: They Are ‘Literally Lying’ About Climate Change

September 24, 2014 by  
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Google just officially ended its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a shadowy right-wing organization that writes industry-friendly bills for conservative legislators to pass at the local, state and national level. In explaining their decision to part ways with ALEC, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told NPR’s Diane Rehm that the group is “literally lying” about climate change : “The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place.” Read the rest of Google Dumps ALEC: They Are ‘Literally Lying’ About Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , ALEC , American Legislative Exchange Council , Climate Change , global warming , Google , microsoft , renewable energy

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Ninety-Nine Failures Pavilion is Built from Ninja Star-Shaped Steel Pillows

January 24, 2014 by  
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See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

January 24, 2014 by  
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Hannah, Marnie, Adam and Shoshanna – their love lives might be the main draw of HBO’s hit series Girls, but quite frankly we’re more interested in their apartments ! From Hannah and Marnie’s true 2-bedroom in Greenpoint to Shoshanna’s girly, light-filled studio in Nolita , here is a little peek into the characters’ abodes . How does your apartment stack up? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , girls , green design , Hannah , HBO’s GIRLS , Laura Ballinger Design , Lena Dunham , sustainable design        

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

April 1, 2013 by  
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Following in the footsteps of the world’s first cloned village , a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat for those looking for a quick, convenient escape from China’s polluted urban centers . However this latest resort will go one step further to replicate the Austrian countryside – it will be housed within an extraordinary 11,880-foot-high geodesic dome that will provide visitors with ‘freshly’ imported Alpine air. Read the rest of Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , architecture clone , Beijing air pollution , beijing air quality , Buckminster Fuller , china alpine village , china austrian village , cloned village , duplitecture , ecotourism , geodesic dome , hallstatt austria

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Donate to the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Get a Rare 4D Tower Light Projections Poster!

December 4, 2012 by  
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The Buckminster Fuller Institute , a non-profit dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems, is launching their year-end fundraiser! BFI would like to offer any donor of $10 or more this newsprint poster of Fuller’s rarely seen 1928 drawing of the 4D tower light projections . Support BFI’s work and build your Fuller archive by donating today! + Buckminster Fuller Institute The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4D tower light projections , Art , bfi , Buckminster Fuller , buckminster fuller challenge , buckminster fuller institute , buckminster fuller print , diagram , donation , green design , print , social design , sustainable design

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