world shelters: U dome world shelters: U dome
may 22, 2008

world shelters: U dome

world shelters: U dome
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the U-dome adapts the modular geometry of buckminster fuller’s geodesic dome. U-domes have been used for disaster response, portable medical clinics, relief agency centers, temporary housing, storage, and workshops. the patterns can easily incorporate local materials, and they are re-usable. world shelters is a non-profit california based manufacturer serving as a private volunteer organization. since 1986 they focus on providing low-cost, durable shelters to those in need.

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the benefits are: lightweight shipping, simple assembly, low cost, withstand extreme heat and cold, significant wind, and light snow loads with proper installation, hard walls for durability. the design features are: weatherproof corrugated polypropylene, flame retardant, UV resistant, weather tight, shingled construction, panels form internal support struts.
 

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pinned to the ground
external flaps shingle all seams
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door frame fits a standard pre-hung door
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plastic sheeting is used on the floor and sealed to the walls
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triangular window of acrylic (plexiglas) sheet, installs in a shingled opening for no leaking
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aluminum hooded vent blocks wind and rain
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ventilation
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precision die-cut sheets
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sheets fixed together
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in 2004 the US postal service released a commemorative buckminster fuller stamp, 2004 was chosen as the year to release the stamp as it marks the 50th anniversary of fuller’s patent for the geodesic dome. this project was part of the exhibition ‘casa per tutti’ (housing for all): milan triennale, 23 may – 14 september 08
  • Fantastic! Thanks.

    Dick Fischbeck says:
  • Molto interessante.

    Biagio Di Carlo says:
  • It was in 1954 that Bucky was at the Milan Triennale with his 42 foot paperboard Geodesic Dome. Isn’t it wonderful the the U-Dome initiates a new and important cycle. My father would be thrilled. Can we get it to where it is really needed?

    Allegra Fuller Snyder says:
  • Steven, Congratulations! It looks great!

    Carl Elias says:

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