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Fiberthin Airhouses

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:42 pm
by peterm ... xperiment/

I just stumbled upon this. Has this already been discussed here?

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:44 pm
by SDR
Not very Wrightian---but then, Mr Wright took credit only for their arrangement on the ground, apparently:

"I believe their idea – though still in experimental stage – still good and a great advantage where camping out can be put on better terms. We will see. All I did for them was to make a tidy little village for exhibition out of their transient balloon shelters.�


Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:12 pm
by Reidy
Wallace Neff did something similar - concrete sprayed over a balloon - and actually built one.

Does anyone know what Battelle meant by Wright putting houses in caves?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:57 am
by Roderick Grant
Domes are hard to design. Neff's effort looks like a blister on the Earth; FLW's not much better.

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:49 am
by DRN
Shotcrete applied over inflated domes have been used for small "earthy" houses as well a larger industrial or institutional structures:

They apparently are very storm (tornado) resistant too.

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:30 am
by SDR
Well...there's no rule of nature that says that the most efficient construction will also be the most comfortable, that the least extravagant use of material will also be the one most appealing to the senses...



Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:14 pm
by Jeff Myers
Beats my dome designs. I scrapped them for a better alternative. Let’s just say rage design was NSFW and it was a total accident.