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Even hippies get tired of living with water dripping onto their heads from thirty feet in the air eventually. This doesn’t work as well. That was the best they could do?

Oh, and we live in NJ. My dad sold and built geodesic domes and we lived in one from the time I was 8 to when I graduated from high school. The Monolithic Dome Institute in Italy, Texas offers a good selection of books about the subject here: That said, I’m constantly looking domebiok this problem because I feel that there must be some important concepts that could be derived from geodesics without the dome aspect.

And you probably never had the first Domebook.

Free Classic: Domebook 2 By Lloyd Kahn

The reason these never caught on is because they leak. That, and the fact that conventional house designs are effective with natural and found materials, and you have geodesics beat.


I dicovered this book in my parents book collection when i was 10 or so. Of course the one that sold was the only one actually completed — the others still exist in their half-finished, but still lived-in state.

I want this book! I am intrigued by the people in the picture below dimebook live in this dome house, though.

Dome Houses

Windows presented even worse problems. Could you weed that book over to my personal library? It was an amazing house, and it never domebolk leaked — even though we were in the Sierras with heavy snowfall.

But yeah, the book is a weeder since most new construction is built to be more permanent. My uncle and his family lived in one for while, so I got to see the inside of one.

Cooler than dome houses. Slow, flexible and cheap: One of our sandal-wearing, hippie-throwback faculty domeblok ordered a bunch of new titles on sustainable building materials and techniques, including straw bales, cob, thatched roofs and earthen structures. I thought it was just about the greatest thing I had ever seen.

You never know when a trend will come back! Domebooo bought a copy back in the mids, which I still have. It may not be the best resource, but it sure is fun. Thomas Edison took a bath when his concrete house turned out to be not one of his better inventions.

Dome Houses – Awful Library Books

This book is DomeBook 2. Although the basic geometry of a dome domrbook simple, what happens to a dome when sunlight heats one side but not the other isn’t. Some radomes in the Arctic have been surviving winters for years now. The author read Domebook 1, the hippie dome manifesto. You can get some domes that are a thin layer of concrete on the outside, then a layer of NASA-type styrofoam for insulation, then gypsum roofing tiles on the inside.


Making them leakproof is hard.

Domebook 2 Kahn and Pacific Domes This is a classic! They were popular in my neck domeboik the woods in the 70s and 80s concept homes in general were. Large internal stresses develop, and this cycling from relative expansion tends to cause leaks at joints. Obviously a dome house is for hippies.

Domebook 1 & 2

A more subtle problem was discovered later. I really wonder if if they ever moved in or are living in it now….

It should grab tighter as the struts are bent from flat to the dome shape. Maybe you want to update your collection.