Bioshelter Dome at UVM
(project presented 2004-2005)
What is a Bioshelter?
· A bioshelter is an innovative growing space, which uses sustainable technologies and ecological principles to extend the growing season in a northern climate. By convention it functions via closed loop systems mimicking ecosystem dynamics, where the byproduct of one organism is the energy source for another.
· CEL's goal is to create a miro-scale model of the 21st century Bioshelter that was developed in the Ecological Design Studio, spring 2004.
· Evaluated Site plan
· UVM Head-house connection
· Interior Layout
· Exterior design
· Function and Aesthetics
· Connection to existing campus layout
· Consideration for future campus build-out
· Ownership options
· Management schemes
· Gather faculty and administrative support
· Refine design details
· Present to Campus Master Planning
· Dr. John Todd and The New Alchemy Institute have donated a 30-foot diameter geodesic dome to be assembled on campus.
· The dome will operate with minimal fossil fuel inputs and will serve as a model for sustainable indoor cultivation techniques in northern climates.
· The dome will also function as a unique on-campus medium for research. It will serve as a model of ecological design, providing a solution to problems associated with current non-sustainable agricultural practices.