Habitation and Mobility

Habitation and Mobility

The rapid growth of the human population, worldwide urbanization, global demographic imbalance – in particular the youth bulge phenomena – and massive concentrations of populations in coastal areas present a challenge of a magnitude never seen before on our planet. Energy consumption and the demand for more housing space per capita are steadily increasing in high income and newl- industrialized countries with little or no population growth. Every year, more potable water, energy, and additional building land are needed as well as proper waste disposal.

The worldwide potential to save energy and water is enormous. The use of highly insulating construction elements, bionic architectural concepts and integrated concepts of energy, food production and water supply, and disposal combined with a sharpened awareness of the inhabitants will enable us to reach a satisfactory quality of life for everyone, even in seemingly inhabitable urban and rural areas.

With the increasing desire of humanity for motorized mobility more problems arise: energy and land consumption, air and noise pollution, as well as the burdening of public and private transportation infrastructures. Decentralization, that is to say the approximation of workplace and living quarters, or new local traffic systems, could counteract these problems. However, they presuppose a wide consensus and are bound to longtime phases of planning and realization. The voluntary, (at least partial) dilution of the separation of private and public transportation based on intelligent concepts could contribute to a quite rapid reduction of traffic congestion and the consequent economic losses both in industrialized and newly-industrialized countries.

On the workbench

  • Prototypes of the FULLY INSULATED SHELLHOUSE were manufactured with the help of ANTHILLS’ financial and logistic support and technical advisory. The SHELLHOUSE has been predominantly designed for rapid but, nonetheless, permanent reconstruction following natural disasters and is fabricated completely out of polystyrene (styro foam). The arched, naturally proportioned construction in the form of an upending catenary is a high performance product in respect to constructive statics as well as energy efficiency. It is suitable for all climates. Should the series production of shells be realized in a transportable facility with an estimated output of some 50 units/day, an extremely low production cost can be achieved.

On the drawing board

  • Permacultures: Living in the greenhouse.
  • Micro waste management: THE FORESTER – a ‘cold rotting’ system for small urban households.
  • Hitchhiking & Riding: Acceptance-raising of smartphone-apps for the coordination of satellite navigated, secure and user friendly ride-along services in individual road traffic: www.flinc.org
  • Spatial development: THE HEEVE CITY CONCEPT – exterritorial leasehold cities combined with special economic zones in coastal Africa.
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