How can architecture serve a biological purpose?
Human kind has evolved for millions of years always connected to the earth with our bare feet. Always tuned to the natural light cycles. Always drinking fresh water from the source. Always building organic shelters with living materials. Born to run naked and exalted through the forest. Now we wear rubber souls and rarely touch the earth. We dwell in metal/wood cages full of bi-directional microwave devices, artificial blue light, and stale air. Our building materials are laden with potentially toxic substances and promote mold growth. Are the environments we inhabit contributing to the rise in chronic disease? How healthy will we become in a living space that is engineered to enhance the natural light, water, and electromagnetic environment?
Our mission is to reintegrate earth-based technologies into the home thereby restoring our symbiotic relationship with mother nature.
We start by eliminating all potential toxins. Conventional homes use a lot of potentially toxic and polluting substances. Just recently, in 2017, the Toxic Substances Control Act was finally revised by the EPA - it hadn’t been revised for 40 years. Until now, there has been practically no regulation (in the US) on the chemical substances used in building materials. Some experts and naturopathic doctors are very concerned that the toxins in our building materials are contributing to chronic health conditions. For instance the well known toxin formaldehyde is banned in Europe and China, but used in almost every American home (in standard OSB, standard drywall, and standard carpet padding). The level of toxicity has become critical for some more sensitive people, and the solutions are hard to come by. The living futures institute has published this “red list” of potentially toxic substances in building materials.
No mold growth. The ideal building envelope provides no nutrients for mold growth, and allows water vapor to pass right through it. The bioceramic dome is all inorganic ceramic compounds, so there are no nutrients to fuel mold growth. (Mold and mildew feed on organic carbon-containing compounds.) The all-ceramic dome is designed and engineered to ‘breathe’ through a process of electrostatic charging.
Lots of fresh air. Bioceramic domes have automated vents at the top and bottom. The vents work with the geometry and natural convection to exchange stale air with fresh air. The dome has no support beams or attics to block the flow of air. The minimal surface area and volume of a dome also translate into more air exchange cycles per day.
Lots of natural light. New scientific studies indicate that the artificial light being emitted from light bulbs and computer screens (intense in the blue spectrum) is creating circadian rhythm disorders. Harvard researchers have linked this excessive blue light exposure to cancer, diabetes, obesity, and depression. The bioceramic dome uses great circle skylights and star tops to flood the dome with natural light (heat and glare can be regulated by the optional electrochromic glass). This is combined with natural spectrum LED lights, that mimic the qualities of natural light and adjust tone with the time of day.
Connection to the earth. Since the petroleum age humans have been wearing rubber soles and standing on wood and concrete floors. It’s not unusual in today’s world for people to go through daily life and never touch the earth. Bioceramic earthing floors are paramagnetic and high dielectric, so they enhance the free flow of electrons between your body and the earth. (Portland concrete is diamagnetic and low dielectric, so it does not support this electron exchange.) As a beautiful and inexpensive do-it-yourself alternative, traditional earthen floors can provide this same connection. That physical connection to the earth is now being shown scientifically to reduce inflammation, reduce stress hormones, improve sleep, increase energy, and reduce pain. This is a 15 minute documentary on ‘earthing’ which may be one of the most important health discoveries of the 21st century.
Geometric resonance (unique to bioceramic architecture). Certain geometries focus energy, while others scatter energy. Right angles block and scatter. Anyone can see this readily with water and air. If a shield is made to oppose water or air directly, it scatters. But angle the shield and the energy (air/water) is refocused into one direction. Similarly, bioceramic architecture uses the golden ratio and fractal geometry, to eliminate right angles. In a geodesic dome each flat wall is opposed by a corner. It’s precisely the opposite of a box, where each flat wall is opposed by another flat wall, and “right” angles are everywhere. The box is chaotic and generates reverberatory feedback, while the geodesic focuses the energy into a perfect ‘sweet spot’. Indigenous cultures probably sensed this intuitively when they constructed stone circles, labyrinths, and pyramids. These are natural sanctuaries built to focus energy, restore balance, and enhance fertility or seed germination. The ancient flower of life pattern created by indigenous cultures around the world is the geodesic dome in 2D. We add a 5 sided pyramid top to bring more order to the geodesic form and help focus the energy.
Material resonance (unique to bioceramic architecture). Phosphate ceramics are paramagnetic and high dielectric. They attract and compress charge centripetally like the ceramic dielectric in a capacitor. Atmospheric physics, has shown that the earth is negatively charged, and we pick up about 100 volts of potential charge differential for each meter we gain in elevation. This climaxes with the ionosphere, which is positively charged. Think of our world as existing between the two plates of a capacitor, earth’s surface being the negative plate, and the ionosphere being the positive plate. Air and water both act as excellent dielectrics. A Qigong Master would say that all living beings breathe charge (chi, prana, life force energy, gravity).
Like the earth, the cells in our body also work on charge differential. When a hydrophilic surface (our cells) come in contact with water (cellular water) a charge potential is created. A zone of negative charge forms in a layer around the cell and essentially creates a cellular battery. Infrared light from the sun helps to increase this charge potential. These electrical processes are fundamental to life itself. Bioceramic homes are designed and engineered to mimic these processes; which are naturally occurring in your body and around the earth. In this way bioceramic architecture creates biological resonance through self similarity. The materials and geometry work together to improve charge distribution efficiency. This effect can be measured with biophotonics. Future communities will be living laboratories for this sort of scientific research into environments that promote healing and longevity.
Far infrared light (unique to bioceramic architecture). Tom Brady (quarterback for the New England Patriots) wears bioceramic sleepwear to speed muscle recovery. The phosphate-oxide powders are infused into the threads of athletic recovery sleepwear, because they reflect far infrared light. Geoship bioceramics work in the same way, they absorb the sun’s radiation, and slowly emit far infrared light. Most materials do this at some level, but bioceramics can be made to do it very efficiently. Infrared light therapy has begun to gain widespread attention. Scientific studies are showing how it boosts metabolism, stimulates white blood cell production, reduces body fat, increases energy, reduces inflammation, improves circulation, heals wounds faster, speeds recovery time after working out, provides pain relief, rejuvenates the skin, lessens muscle pain, improves flexibility, and provides anti-aging benefits for your body.
In the future we won’t live in boxes.
Conventional homes use a lot of potentially toxic and polluting substances. Just recently, in 2017, the Toxic Substances Control Act was finally revised by the EPA - . Until now, there has been practically no regulation (in the US) on the chemical substances used in building materials. Some experts and naturopathic doctors are very concerned that the . For instance the well known toxin formaldehyde is , but used in almost every American home (in standard OSB, standard drywall, and standard carpet padding). The level of toxicity has become critical for some more sensitive people, . The living futures institute has published this in building materials.