MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

November 28, 2017 by  
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If humans start constructing cities on Mars , we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed an environmentally friendly city for the red planet that mimics a forest , with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, recently won first place in the Mars City Design competition’s architecture category. As many as 50 people can reside in each one of Redwood Forest’s domes, which offer open space with plants and water – harvested from Mars’ northern plains – atop roots with access to private spaces and other domes. The roots also protect colonizers from cosmic radiation, extreme thermal changes, or micrometeorite impacts. Related: Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars The 10,000-person city will “physically and functionally mimic a forest,” according to MIT postdoctoral researcher and team co-lead Valentina Sumini, and will draw on local resources like ice, regolith, and water . MIT doctoral student George Lordos said, “Every tree habitat in Redwood Forest will collect energy from the sun and use it to process and transport the water throughout the tree, and every tree is designed as a water-rich environment. Water fills the soft cells inside the dome providing protection from radiation, helps manage heat loads, and supplies hydroponic farms for growing fish and greens.” Solar panels will generate energy to split stored water to produce oxygen and rocket fuel, Lordos said. Solar power will also help charge hydrogen fuel cells , “necessary to power long-range vehicles as well as provide backup energy storage in case of dust storms.” These ideas wouldn’t only work on the red planet. The MIT team says many of their design features could be applied to Earth. Underground multi-level networks could ease traffic above by offering an alternative route for electric cars. Hydroponic gardens underneath cities could cultivate fresh produce with lower transportation and land costs. And their tree habitat design, MIT said, “could create living and working spaces in harsh environments, such as high latitudes, deserts, and the sea floor.” + Mars City Design Via MIT News Images via Valentina Sumini/MIT

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Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

December 9, 2014 by  
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Buckminster Fuller’s low-cost Fly’s Eye Dome recreated as a 3D parametric model in Miami

December 5, 2014 by  
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Buckminster Fuller ‘s patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami . A 3d parametric model of the Fly’s Eye Dome was placed atop a pool of water in front of Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court shopping center in Miami and features contemporary technology that makes it water resistant and passively ventilated. Read the rest of Buckminster Fuller’s low-cost Fly’s Eye Dome recreated as a 3D parametric model in Miami Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D design , affordable housing , Buckminster Fuller , Design Miami , dome , geodesic dome , low-cost dome housing , low-cost housing , parametric design

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

June 24, 2014 by  
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Foldable Off-Grid Geodesic DOM(E) Home Pops Up in Any Environment

June 5, 2013 by  
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Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

February 21, 2012 by  
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Inca Architectes has designed a dome-shaped eco-tourism center that feels like a cozy living room in the woods. Commissioned by the Department Tourism Committee of Seine et Marne to protect the Gorges de Franchard biosphere reserve in Fontainebleau, the first such center in France is made of natural materials that have superficial foundations in order to keep their long-term environmental impact to an absolute minimum. Read the rest of Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , biosphere reserve , dome , eco design , eco-tourism , eco-tourism center , eco-travel , fontainebleau , france , Gorges de Franchard , green design , Inca Architectes , passive design , sustainable design , Wood

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Five sustainably crafted geodesic dome houses

May 7, 2011 by  
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Vmumtaz: A geodesic dome is a spherical or partially spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere.

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Eco-friendly bamboo skin makes Tang Palace restaurant look stunning

May 7, 2011 by  
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Ckapadia: ‘Go green’ is the buzz word today and what better way to go green than to use a very eco-friendly and natural bamboo structure to give a new look to your place. Tang Palace Restaurant , located at Hangzhou, China has just done the same turning ordinary place into a latest design contemporary restaurant. FCJC , a Beijing based design firm, has used this concept for Tang Palace to give it a very stylish and aesthetic feel.

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