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An idea for above ground dwellings

Post  Astra on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:38 pm

Just something i ran across a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was neat. lol

http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/10/extraordinary-japanese-micro-home-built-from-a-grid-of-boxes/

No word yet on pricing, buuuut i think this would solve the personal space issue i've seen in a few other topics.
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Post  The4th1 on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:43 pm

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/brilliant.jpg

Should certainly be cheaper AND safter than makeshit and commonly built houses.

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Post  Anon on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:54 pm

This is pretty cool. Above ground dwellings would certainly increase space for gaming stuff. So long as the walkways are covered, so I won't have to get wet when it rains.

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Post  GrandHistorian on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:01 pm

I support this.

I absolutely love the minimalist style of it. In addition, what we would pay up front (assuming it's more expensive than western-style apartments) we would save tenfold with the lack of furniture, furniture upkeep and simplicity of cleaning.

That and it looks damn cool. People like damn cool.
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Post  Pslotha on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:03 pm

Stylish, and full of neck beards?

Now we're talking!
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Re: An idea for above ground dwellings

Post  Anon on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:05 pm

I was kind of hoping the surface structures would be all neo-gothic architecture, but looking like an iPod is cool too.

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Post  ediskradeht on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:18 pm

Other cheap unique forms of housing are shipping container houses, metal buildings and (my favorite) dome homes. A series of domes would fit the theme IMHO. I wonder if concrete pipe is cheap.

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Post  Anon on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:19 pm

Buckminster Fuller time!

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Post  Scriptarius on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:48 pm

Nike site also has some existing above-ground structures we can use.
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Post  Cynic on Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:31 pm

While we're on the subject, there's another kind of metal box usable for construction that might come in handy for us.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/shipping-container-homes-460309

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Post  JonathanDoe on Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:55 pm

I fully support this project and welcome our new Japanese box-welding overlords.

My only concern with that thing is sleeping during the day, with that many windows it gets difficult to make things dark.

Keep in mind the number of all nighters likely to be pulled in a place like this.
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Post  JonathanDoe on Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:56 pm

Cynic wrote:While we're on the subject, there's another kind of metal box usable for construction that might come in handy for us.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/shipping-container-homes-460309

Well, this is right out of Snow Crash. The Raft's hotel.
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Post  Da Crazy Techmarine on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:49 pm

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Post  Astra on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:17 am

Da Crazy Techmarine wrote:I'll just leave this here

http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/DAC-ART/modular-kit-houses.html

night all

That...that puts mine to shame. lol Well done. Very Happy
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Post  Mordegald on Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:02 pm

Anon wrote:I was kind of hoping the surface structures would be all neo-gothic architecture, but looking like an iPod is cool too.

I'm sure eventually we'll end up building a full-blown Imperial cathedral, complete with huge security guards in Spess Mehreen armor posted by the doors. One thing at a time, though.
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Post  B&Hammer40kun on Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:11 am

This what I propose : a "clean" version of Megaton.

Get the giant metal cargo crates as base building structure, then add whatever material we can salvage from breakers' yards and dumps... There was once a discovery channel show where people built a house for a ridiculous price out of such recycled materials. I could ver well imagine the walls made out of the side of different buses, and using several hydraulic glass doors side by side for a main entrance...

And while we're on the topic of military material, you know that armies around the world dump warships every now and then and pay for them to be destroyed (And they pay of course because their ship contain asbestos and other shit). And the guys at this link seems to be looking for such a service in the US...

By the way, hydroponics have been proposed, but why not directly a greenhouse (even though most basement dwellers won't get the intrest of having flora caged in a giant structure of metal ang glass)

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Post  Elegant Gentlemen on Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:28 am

THEY LIVE...IN METAL BOXES
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Re: An idea for above ground dwellings

Post  Daemonwelsh on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:24 pm

If we do hydroponics, I can see us doing it underground, in shelf like fields...

ANd getting grants for potential space colonization technology.
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Re: An idea for above ground dwellings

Post  KaiserDrgn on Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:19 am

Subterranean hydroponics require a shit ton more electrical power then greenhouse hydroponics.

While much cooler, it would save us hundreds, if not thousands to go with the greenhouse instead.

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Post  Daemonwelsh on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:20 am

as long as we are producing our own energy, then in the long term the underground will do much better for us. There are probably a few grants associated with it, and I know there are grants associated with using alternative energy.
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Re: An idea for above ground dwellings

Post  duck murderer on Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:58 pm

Guy in australia here. There was a news article about how a fair amount of people are making livable housing out of cargo containers. As in they put proper work into them, weld up the doors and make their own, more manageable doors, windows, insulation, etc. Seems like it could work well for us.
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Post  Tzeentch on Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:09 am

I support the idea of metal containers houseing, cheap but with more space.
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Post  duck murderer on Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:38 am

Exactly the point. You need minimum paving (if any, depends on weather you want them to be permanent or not, but its more than possible to be permanent), its very easy to do them up to make them more than livable with running water, electricity, and with only a few adjustments you can make them look like something other than cargo containers. Ontop of that, you can stack them, bam, you've saved space, and if needed you can easily just move the container.
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Post  Tzeentch on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:00 pm

In one of the links you can find a guy that works out of the UK making Cargo Container houses up to 10 levels or such.
UPDATE

Well, after finding a bit of free time on a proper computer, I found a few things out. First, it is generally necessary to have the containers either on raised pylons or a slab to prevent the moisture from the ground from getting to the metal.

Also, Agson Engineers has a module system set up for Mineing and Military bases, which would actually help serve as a fairly decent system for the duration of the clean-up/repair effort and a little beyond, if not for a while.
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