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From Detroit Domes: The Story So Far…

Cross-posted from Detroit Domes.

About 6 months ago I started to share my love of Buckminster Fuller with some of my young friends here in North Corktown. Fuller invented the Geodesic Dome amongst other amazing innovations. When we we’re approached by my neighbor Travis to help build a greenhouse, we suggested a dome. We sought funding through kickstarter and, in short order, built a 26′ diameter, 15.5′ high dome with some innovative features.

We recruited design assistance from the brilliant engineers at Mt. Elliott MakerSpace and long time friend and displaced auto engineer Jay Harnish. Through collaboration, over many late nights, the engineering team quickly designed a revolutionary appropriate technology dome connector and have offered support and sweat equity on the GreenDome since. We are extremely thankful for Jeff, Ted and Jay for their assistance on the front end of this project.

photo by A.j. Viola

We shared this dome with the Food Justice Task Force at D-Town Farms Harvest Festival in September. Domes seem to attract people and are wonderful tools for team building and express innovation and interconnection. We shared our story at D-Town and many we’re very excited to learn about the dome. After the Harvest Festival we rebuilt the dome next to our house where Travis will use it to grow produce from the ceiling while his chickens have space to roam all year round.

We’ve received national and local media attention. The PBS show Food Forward shot a time lapse video of our erecting the dome last Tuesday and both the Michigan Citizen and Real Detroit Weekly ran stories on the dome. Moving forward, we’re building a second dome for the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, October 15-17 at Marygrove. The dome will serve as a space for reflection during the conference.

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