Google+

Skylines Changing in 2016

 

Skylines Changing in 2016

By Amy Lignor

 

There was once a man with ideas on how to create a “greener” and healthier world. An inventor, an architect, and even the second president of Mensa once upon a time, this man’s beliefs were many in number; at the core of them all lay the geodesic dome. And now, in 2016, this man’s dreams just happen to be coming to fruition.

Buckminster Fuller, Father of Sustainability, geodesic dome, green architectureBuckminster Fuller was a pioneer; some call him a radical. But what Fuller really was can be summed up in one title: The Father of Sustainability. He wanted the world to work. He wanted humanity to be safer and the world healthier, all at the same time. Fuller is most known for his creation of the geodesic dome – a form of architecture that is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds – and how that dome could make everything work better for mankind while saving the world’s natural resources.

 

The structure has the ability to look like anything from a cabin to a luxurious modern house, depending on what the homeowner wants to create. When you compare a dome with the same average-size rectangular house, the dome offers up 30% less surface area, which means only 1/3 of the lumber is needed to build the dome as opposed to the “regular” house. Not only is money saved by using less materials, and having a smaller surface area which saves the homeowner even more money on the heating and cooling bills, but the dome also has proven to be five times stronger than the normal house.

Buckminster Fuller, Father of Sustainability, geodesic dome, green architecture

The Montreal Biosphère by Buckminster Fuller, 1967

The geodesic dome’s strength has been proven. From earthquakes to tornados, the dome has survived while structures all around it have not. Take for example the Loma Prieta earthquake that hit in 1989 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Registering 7.1 on the Richter scale, 500+ homes in the area were destroyed by the quake, with hundreds of others needing major repairs. The only home to survive without a scratch was a dome. It actually became a shelter for local earthquake survivors. The principal is quite simple when it comes to the dome’s strength. In a regular structure, boards are nailed together to create squares/rectangles in the design of the home; shapes that can be bent, twisted and changed with enough force. There is no such easy way to alter a triangle, which is exactly the architectural shape from which a dome is created.

 

Being able to have this incredible peace of mind, as well as saving a great deal of money on building materials and household expenses, has seen dome building increase by over 40% across the United States. When it comes to having the added fun of design, the round, open floor plan of the dome is preferred by millions. Walls can be inserted or removed to change the interior of the home without the extra worry of “load bearing” walls that cannot be touched because the entire structure would collapse. And because of the natural openings that occur in the construction of a dome, large windows that let light in and further bring down the heating bill are easily made, and create a stunning design.

 

For quite some time it was assumed that domes would not be seen as part of a regular city street, yet with the constant proof of lower costs and amazing security that can keep a family safe from the damage Mother Nature can do, these same city streets should be filled with domes sitting side by side in the next decade. Fuller’s dream landscape is most definitely “growing,” and will change those city skylines for the better!

More on Fuller

Source:  Baret News

Entertainment

Partisan Polemic Revisits Mike Brown Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

  Whose Streets? Film Review by Kam Williams Partisan Polemic Revisits Mike Brown Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri On August 9, 2014, Mike Brown was shot a half-dozen times by police officer Darren Wilson on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a predominantly-black suburb of St. Louis. Because several eyewitnesses said the 18 year-old had his … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Girls Trip! Head to South Louisiana for Food, Fishing, and Culture

  Girls Trip! Head to South Louisiana for Food, Fishing, and Culture By Craig Lamb Ah, the New Orleans French Quarter. The sound of jazz coming from Preservation Hall. The taste of fresh beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde. Art galleries and shopping. French, Creole and Cajun cultures. It all has the makings of a girl’s getaway … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Rig your Carolina Skiff for Waterfowl Hunting

  Rig your Carolina Skiff for Waterfowl Hunting By Craig Lamb Versatility is one of the benefits of owning a Carolina Skiff. Some models are known as the pickup truck of skiffs. Others are three-in-one setups for fishing, utility work, and family cruising. All the above activities are part of life in skiff country. That is the miles of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]