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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Habitats for ... Anywhere?

Russian architect Alexander Remizov has designed a off-the-grid living space that could adapt to any terrain or environment. CNN has a good article with pictures. And I admit, I'm smitten with this idea.

1 - The oceanic gyres (in the middle of the currents) are floating trash heaps, virtual water-locked deserts. Very little thrives there because the currents go around. With an ever expanding human population there's no reason we shouldn't take over the desert.

2- Some people say it looks like a slinky. I think it's rather cute. The idea of solar panels, wind energy, and maintained green space all thrill me.

3- Is anyone else thinking, "Mars Habitat," because I am. A design like this would work as housing for settlers on new planets. I can see using a similar design in a novel about a near-future colony settling the moon or Mars.

4- Husband peeked in over my shoulder and voted to buy one, drop it in the ocean, and see where the currents take us. Mister Remizov, if you ever need a test group for your design, let me know. I promise that if it's breakable, my kids can break it. They're the ultimate test of strength and endurance for any structure.

And you wondered why I move so much...



  1. Interesting...

    You always find the most off-beat and entertaining stories to blog about. I love it!

  2. Funny! But yeah, plunk me in one and drop it in the ocean and see where we wind up. I'm in! My husband would love that, actually. Plus he grew up on a farm. Liana, if you get to go, you have to see about getting us aboard, too. ;)

  3. That's so cool! But I'm not a candidate...too terrified of water. If he designs one for land, let us know! :)

  4. Stephanie- It's a talent. :o)

    Tere- Definitely! The smallest one is designed for 50 people. Even with all my kids' stuffed animals we should have room for a few more.

    Amy- This design is supposed to work equally well on land as in water. It's also supposed to be quick to set up, thus making it an ideal emergency shelter for survivors of natural disasters.

    A few of the large ones in Haiti (or Australia today) could handle all the displaced people. Possibly even becoming their permanent home if they didn't want to move out.