Bamboo Geodesic Dome (A first and third world solution)

Bamboo Geodesic Dome (A first and third world solution)

New Zealand
Project Summary
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The frame materials are just Bamboo and string/rope which can also be made from any fibrous local plant material. This idea was the brain child of the geodesic master himself: R Buckminster Fuller and was published in ‘Domebook 2’ by Pacific Domes a non profit educational corporation in 1971. My idea is to show how this great use of free renewable, biodegradable materials can be extended upon to make zero material cost, zero carbon footprint housing for anyone needing quick and easy adequate shelter. It can be suitable for use in different climates by using appropriate cladding materials and even the bamboo can be substituted with any tough straight woody material.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Everyone and the planet benefits from truly sustainable solutions.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The frame materials are just Bamboo and string/rope which can also be made from any fibrous local plant material. The geodesic frame utilizes a specific mathematical assembly method but is simply sticks tied at specific points, it uses no hubs or mechanical fixings. Claddings can be any salvaged garbage material, the stuff of the existing Flavelas or other third world shanty towns. Or it can be thatch made from palm fronds in tropical climates or wattle and daub earth building methods for use in arid climates. The dome shape and structure has many advantages while it responds to the ancient housing form of all human cultures, the circular form which in most cultures was replaced with the rectangular form. Domes have better air and light circulation, there are no straight lines in nature and a hemisphere encloses more space with less materials than any other shape. Convexly shaped surfaces are stronger than flat ones and most materials are stronger in tension than in compression. Domes have less surface area for a given volume so retain more heat on cold nights. The geodesic dome structure is the strongest, lightest and most efficient building system ever devised. The truth is that no building is truly sustainable, all cause degrees of destruction of the planets resources or environment. What if you could narrow that degree to a level that could in fact be considered sustainable, what would you have to do to reach that goal? You would have to use 100% renewable materials sourced within distances that could be transportable with either human power or animal power.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The success of truly sustainable solutions is in their power to endure indefinitly. All things that rely on oil are finite.
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Ecotect Limited
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Ecotect Limited

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163 Cleveland Terrace, Nelson

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How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Continuing from above... The assembly methods and materials must cause no harm to any living creature being sourced only from plant materials that re grow quickly. Finally when the building was no longer needed it must be completely biodegradable within a short period of time. The only ‘cost’ would be human and animal labour fed with agricultural crops only. A truly sustainable dome structure made from local natural materials is about as close as you can get, the size of the structure is limited only by the labour content anyone is willing to commit. This is the difference between my sustainable housing solution and all others.
This idea is its own inspiration, it is perhaps the only answer to the human population housing problem, certainly right now in the third world and why not for the first world also which if it keeps going at its current rate will find its self at the great leveling point one day soon. The planet can support everyones need but not anyones greed. The age of oil will end soon and we will be back to human power and animal power and hopefully we will have learnt this lesson of sustainability.

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Corporate greed hinders all good sustainable ideas for a better world for all humanity. There is enough for everyone yet 1.5 Billion people starve every day. I can only do my part to change the world, if everyone did the same we would already have saved it.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

that depends on who wants to help promote it.

For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each

This is just an idea to help save the world, it is not about money.

How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

By keeping on doing what I am doing, just my little bit every day.

Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technical assistance, Green housing, Environment, Citizen/community participation.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

This will upset all the 'apple carts' and not likely to happen during the status quo.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?


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