As the world endures more and more hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters, architects are starting to feel more and more like the protagonists in the tale of the "Three Little Pigs".
Thankfully, an eco-friendly architectural company in Seattle called Geoship may have come up with the perfect design to protect millions from the huffing and puffing of today's wolfish weather conditions.
Over the last decade, people have searched for better housing options more in line with their financial constraints. But, does the "tiny house movement" offer a way to live that mitigates the risk of storms while still maintaining sustainability, community, and a true sense of belonging to a place?
A young engineer, Morgan Bierschenk, came face to face with these questions when he returned to the US to build himself a house after traveling the world.
While helping his brother build a home from reclaimed materials, he started to question a basic premise: "Why we're still pounding nails in wood, like people were doing 100 years ago," Bierschenk told FastCompany.
He then began to ponder why houses are still designed with right angles and whether there was a better way—and that's how Bierschenk turned to the architectural revolution of the geodesic dome, promoted in the 1970s by Buckminster Fuller, with his Geoship startup.
Rather than being made out of wood or typical housing materials, the homes are made of bioceramic: a resilient substance made from minerals that can be sourced from urban waste-stream activities like water treatment plants—but so nontoxic, it's been used in bone and tooth replacements for decades.