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The Tactile Dome is an interactive experience through total darkness. It was created in 1971 and is still a popular stop for people visiting the Exploratorium. We thought you might like to read the original press release, which provides a peek into the Tactile Dome’s history. An internal sculpture exhibit which people will feel but never see goes on exhibit September 9, 1971 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. The exhibit, called the Tactile Dome, is encased in a geodesic dome about the size of a large weather balloon. Visitors enter through a light-lock room into a totally dark maze (path).

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100' Geodesic Dome for Aquaponics The bigger a dome gets, the better it's energy efficiency. Thank you for viewing my entry. I will post Instructables for all of the different aspects of the project as we complete them. When I am asked about building an aquaponics center that has an area of almost 8,000 square feet, I always have the same answer. With domes, bigger is better. Geodesic Dome Notes & Calculator written by Rene K. Mueller, Copyright (c) 2005, 2006, 2007, last updated Sun, September 22, 2013 I considered the geodesic dome for doing a temporary building or habitat. Using a set of struts, build by wooden roof laths (very cheap and easy to get here in Switzerland), and building a 5-6m diameter dome for myself to live in it. I merely doing the skeleton of the dome (no faces), and put then a cover over it (shape not yet determined). Following options for a shelter are considered for me, I target diameter from 6m to 8m, for now I focused only on the Icosahedron based domes:

Green eco-friendly custom homes and interiors by Solaleya Designer Patrick Marsilli proposes a revolutionary solar structure Passive solar energy: Rotate your house away from the sun in summer to cool down and towards the sun in winter to warm up (on demand or automated rotation system). Build a homemade geodesic dome A Geodesic Dome Some years ago I built a geodesic dome out of ½ inch galvanized steel electrical conduit, to serve as an aviary for chickens and small parrots. I wrote a computer program to calculate the proper lengths of steel tubing, and draw the diagram shown below: The dome is made from three different lengths of tubing. I used colored stickers on the tubes to mark the different lengths -- red for the long ones, violet for the medium lengths, and green for the short ones.

Conduit Dome Tips Conduit, or EMT seems to be the material of choice for domes at Burning Man. Conduit is easy to work with, relatively inexpensive, and plated so painting isn't necessary. This page will provide tips for making conduit framed domes. STEP 1: Deciding on a frequency The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of dome you want to build. If this is your first dome, the 2 or 3 frequency domes are recommended. Build your own Bamboo Domes This is page 95 of "Domebook Two", a book that was published in the 70's and is very hard to find. It was written by Pacific Domes (not the same as Pacific Domes), and I was able to find it at the local library. Bamboo grows fast, is free material for a dome framework. It might be possible to suspend a tent skin or mosquito netting inside, or pull a stretch cloth over the outside and shoot foam. Tools: a pocket knife and string.

How to Build a Monolithic Dome Monolithic Domes are constructed following a patented method that requires a tough, inflatable Airform, steel-reinforced concrete and a polyurethane foam insulation. Each of these ingredients is used in a technologically specific way. Step One: The Monolithic Dome starts as a concrete ring foundation, reinforced with steel rebar. The Monolithic Dome Monolithic Domes are constructed following a method that requires a tough, inflatable Airform, steel-reinforced concrete and a polyurethane foam insulation. Each of these ingredients is used in a technologically specific way. Our domes can be designed to fit any architectural need: homes, cabins, churches, schools, gymnasiums, arenas and stadiums, bulk storages, landlord dwellings and various other privately or publicly owned facilities. Monolithic Domes meet FEMA standards for providing near-absolute protection and have a proven ability to survive tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, most manmade disasters, fire, termites and rot.

Monolithic Homes When it comes to homes, Monolithic does not believe in one size or one style fits all. Your Monolithic Dome home can be everything you need and everything you want in the home of your dreams. It can be small and cozy or spacious and luxurious; one-storied or multistoried; at ground level, totally underground or earth-bermed; built in virtually any location and environment. Flexibility is the key idea behind our home designs. The interior of your Monolithic Dome home can be partitioned into rooms or areas that fit your needs and wants.

Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh The Window Socket offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it as a plug socket. So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively. Designers: Kyuho Song & Boa Oh Eco-Dome: Moon Cocoon - Cal-Earth Building Designs The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet (40 sq. meters) interior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. Learning and building an Eco-Dome is the next stage after building a small emergency shelter and provides hands-on learning experience in the essential aspects of Superadobe construction. It's small size of approximately 400 square feet (interior space), makes it a manageable structure for the first time owner builder.

Frameless Geodesic Dome What is it? It’s a frameless geodesic dome designed to be easy to fabricate and build. It is 18 feet wide at the widest point and about 13 feet tall. It feels very spacious for it’s 209 square foot floor. Monolithic Dome Home Floor Plans Many people are looking for beautiful Monolithic Dome home floor plans like The Stitt Residence pictured below. If you are one of these floor-plan-seeking people, I have included three links to some amazing Monolithic Dome home floor plans in this post: A wall of windows in the dining area provides light and a gorgeous view of the surroundings in this Monolithic Dome home that is three stories high with a diameter of 55 feet, built on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “President’s Choice” Monolithic Dome Home Plans This link is for free Monolithic Dome home floor plans that the president of The Monolithic Dome Institute, David B. South, calls his favorites.

Geodesic Dome Calculator Our geodesic dome calculator will calculate the length and number of struts for 2V, 3V, and 4V geodesic domes based on the specified radius. It's a useful tool for planning the size of your dome. Enter a dome radius and click Calculate to begin. To calculate the strut lengths enter a value for the dome's Radius below. Numbers must be entered in decimal format, IE 10.5 feet, not 10 feet 6 inches.