NUCLEAR MISSILE SILO This guy lives in an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Texas. Bruce Townsley in the corrugated steel quonset hut that is one of the few above-ground structures on the site. Head south of Abilene, Texas, cross a couple of intersections, look for a small lump in the road with mailboxes sprouting out of the ground, and you’re there. At the end of the driveway, an American flag and array of solar panels provide the only evidence of habitation. Bruce Townsley built his house in an abandoned Atlas F missile site. During the Cold War (a.k.a. A missile heads down the ICBM highway in central Texas on it’s way to a silo. Construction of an Atlas missile silo. Two giant overhead silo doors cover the 185-foot hole in the ground where a missile armed with a nuclear warhead used to be. Living in a missile silo means lots and lots of stairs: Townsley takes the stairwell down to the first level of his house; the old crew quarters. Townsley’s living space is about 1,100 square feet and completely round.
Windswept by design: A greenhouse oasis in the desert The harsh sun, waterless dunes and spectacular, stark forms created by mountains of sand swirling in the wind are seen as inspirations of incredible beauty by architects Francisco J. del Corral del Campos and Carmen M. Barrós Velásquez, both of Granada, Spain. The two celebrate this landscape and respond to its demands in their new skyscraper design for a greenhouse tower in the Oman desert. The architects literally cast their idea for the “Oasis” tower into the wind to help define its shape. Solar energy and biogas generation from organic waste material will power the tower’s energy needs, and water from the ocean will be transported and desalinated to provide the drinking water and irrigation supply. The tower, which is easily replicated as a model that can be placed all over desert areas, will house about 500 people, who will mainly work to raise the agricultural products grown inside. -> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book
Exploring Abandoned NYC Exploring Abandoned NYC Steve Duncan is a modern day archaeologist, an “urban historian” who employs a rare practice to catalog the history of New York City. Duncan and his videographer partner Andrew Wonder explore the abandoned past of New York below the city streets– from the subway tunnels of yesteryear to the peaks of the city’s bridges. The duo runs through active subway tunnels, climbs through sewers over rushing water, scales massive bridges and does so without detection. Our adoration of abandoned places is no secret here, and we’re certain you’ll be amazed at this 30 minute video. It is at once thrilling and educational, a dangerous look at one man’s quest to document a world below our feet that most could not imagine. Written by: thecoolist on January 3, 2011.
Dome over a new tourist City Using Epcot Business Model for Geodesic Ecodream city By Alvin Wang and Brian Wang Vote for the idea of Domed Cities at the GE Ecomagination competition Over a series of articles (I will link in the other articles as they are written) we will be showing that dome cities can be made profitably and that they can provide energy efficiency and other benefits. This proposed project combines and updates the EPCOT dreams of Walt Disney and the Geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller with Masdar city scale proof of ground breaking sustainable technology. There are other model planned cities like Masdar city and dozens of green city project in China where entirely new cities are being made to prove out new designs and approaches. The first dome should be designed for large events with the largest covered stages and auditoriums. The O2 (millenium ) dome is a 365 meters diameter dome structure that cost $1 billion and covers 26 acres. - Shanghai expo is expecting 70-100 million tourists. Geodesic domes Stepping up to 5 to 10 times Bigger Thank You
19-Year-Old Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans Another young creative mind working towards bettering our world. 19-year-old Boyan Slat has revealed his plans to the world regarding his Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The revolutionary device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. It all began when Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. Once built, it is estimated that the entire clean-up process would take about five years to complete.
My Silo Page I'm Alexander Michael, your site host, and the proud owner of this extraordinary relic of Cold War USA. This Atlas-F ICBM silo was designated by the US Airforce in 1960 as Boquett 556-5 or Lewis Missile Base, but for other reasons as well as the poetic irony, I prefer to call it Bouquet 556. Photo by Grant Mathews of Mondo Studio for Vogue. As I live and work in Sydney Australia, I only have the opportunity to visit the silo twice a year: once in April, and once in October for three weeks a time. To date, most of the restoration work on the LCC (see left) has been completed, and it now functions as a modern and fully equipped underground residence (see My Silo link). SITE PLAN Click on for larger version in new page. With the living quarters out of the way, attention turned to the five acre security compound of the surface world. If anyone knows who did this lovely drawing, I’d like to credit them.
Futuristic Vertical City Holds Plug-In Hexagonal Housing Units Share on Tumblr Email Malaysian architect Tay Yee Wei recently unveiled a towering vertical city populated with hexagonal housing units that offer a solution to urban population growth problems in Asian cities. Wei’s Plug-in Dwelling Development was inspired by Le Corbusier’s theory — “a house is a machine for living.” The Plug-in Dwelling project assumes that the development will have a longer lifespan than the city that surrounds it. Via eVolo
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking 2382 516Share Synopsis Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. And, finally, Creativity is paradoxical. Tags: adversity, contemporaries, creative education, creative geniuses, creative life, creative thinker, creative thinking, education, lighting systems, masterpieces, minor poets, motions, picasso, practicality, profitability, rembrandt, self-help, shakespeare, sonnets, special person, symphonies, thomas edison, wolfgang amadeus mozart
Hatching a cheap way to live in Beijing By Jia Xu (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2010-12-01 16:11 Ever imagined what it would be like to live inside a giant egg? Dai Haifei, 24, a newly graduated architect, decided to make his own egg-style home after being unable to afford Beijing’s sky-high rental prices. The two-meter high house with two wheels underneath is made from sack bags on the outside wall, bamboo splints on the inside and wood chippings and grass seeds in between. “The seeds will grow in the natural environment and it’s cold-proof," Dai explained. Dai was inspired to build the 6,427 yuan ($964) home after attending the 2010 Shanghai Biennale Exhibition where he was attracted by a novel architectural project called "City's egg" earlier this year. "I was impressed by the green-notion of building a house like that, especially in cities like Beijing where rental price for a fresh graduate is a huge burden," Dai said.