|New Civilization News: Roofs and Ceilings|
Category: Housing, Building, Architecture
11 comments13 Jun 2006 @ 11:17 by jmarc : i'd prefer see through
but that is problematic, depending on materials used. Plastic would probably be safest, but there are problems with UV damage and marring the surface with the wrong cleaning chemicals. Glass has problems with blown seals, especially in zones with high temperature extremes, and is more dangerous. I'm sure there are materials that are completely trouble free, but they get pricey. Maybe a glass laminate?
Anyway, you haven't really lived until you've cleaned a glass roof a few floors off the ground. Stay away from ammonia.
13 Jun 2006 @ 11:24 by jmarc : liquid crystal
probably expensive, and haven't seen them yet, but a liquid crystal glass roof would be neato. With a flik of a switch it could be changed from transparent to opaque. Feeding the opaque setting through your computer where you' have different scenes generated could be a neat idea. Making it automatic like poloroid sunglasses could make solar heating / cooling a more efficient possibility.
13 Jun 2006 @ 11:55 by swanny : crystal
Hey I like.... although somewhat space age although
maybe not.... crystal.... how durable though
that be like a giant tv screen for your roof
wow psychedelic.... that could also go clear
great conversation piece and you'd have the art as well...
how about the weight aspect
interesting... and yes probably rather expensive
I think roofs have to be light though and simple
expense well a good roof is worth the expense
It afterall takes most of the environmental exposure....
a pyramid now there's a somewhat natural design
a crystal pyramid hey.... pyramid power with crystal power
wow.... that be a trip...
13 Jun 2006 @ 12:01 by swanny : Power
Maybe it could have its own built in solar cells though
and it could power its properties as well as the rest of the
house. Now they say batteries aren't the best. I think they're
going to some kind of heat sink type of fluid or such in drums.
You or I'd still want something fairly natural and simple though
not much maintainance although it is a tripy subject it seems.
13 Jun 2006 @ 12:04 by swanny : Hotel california
Mirrors on the ceiling
Pink champange on ice....
The Eagles Hotel California
Well if the mirrors were on the outside they could
at least heat shield hey a one way mirror'd be sort of intersting
although they don't work at night or without light do they?
13 Jun 2006 @ 12:18 by swanny : Grass Roofs
And then you got your old soddies or such with their grass
roofs which are great but leave one feeling a bit bunkerish
I suppose a grass roof with "light wells"? hmmmm
well I suppose you'd almost want a dynamic roof though in a way
though moving parts make the simplicity aspect a problem and then
there's the bugs and rain and such aspect.
hmmmm yes roofs are a problem and cleaning too....
theres your tiled roofs heavy duty hmmmmm
much has been tried it seems.....
The nature center here uses rubber from recycled tires for some of its
roof... great life there 50 year guarentee and hail proof to boot.
Lighter than tile though it absords the light (black rubber)
13 Jun 2006 @ 12:23 by swanny : Intelligent Roofs
Actually seeing as how there's so many variables and dynamics to roofs
what you really need is an intelligent or semi-intelligent roof with sensors
and computer intellgience and it could say read the weather and wind reports
and sunshine and internal temp and adjust itself accordingly now theres a good
use for artificial intelligence and with solar cells and fluid storage it could
power itself as well.
I suppose a grass roof though is in a sense an intelligent roof now if you could some how ???? hmmmmmm??? utilize a living plant as your roof or like a living plant .... a transparent green roof of some or of algae could make food or sugar or even electricity.... wow now theres a thought. Cool. Any Biologists in the crowd. Don't really want modify any genes here though we've got enough problems with the ones we've got thankyou very much.
13 Jun 2006 @ 12:33 by swanny : Gel
Okay theres that gel or agar or something now if you could modify it somehow
so it be stronger and root plants you'd have your clarity as well as intellgent
or living roof. Sort of part hydroponics except using a solid gel or agar instead of water.
Well then too if you had some sort of circulating system you could circulate the hot upper air back into the concrete foundation slab etc etc like a reverse geothermal call it atmosthermal heat system. Hot air rising naturally that is.
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