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Living in Colorado has afforded some great outdoor activities. Years ago when most trails were open to trail bikes, I did quite a bit of exploring, especially in the Sangre  de Cristo mountains. Even in the mid seventies, it was alarming to me to see trash in pristine places where packing in was a chore. Most common items were beer cans and liquor bottles, and empty packs of cigarettes. It has always given me a distaste for people with nasty […]

Earthquake Proof OsumPODS

Designing a structure strong enough to survive the ravages of an earthquake is near impossible unless they are insulated from the energy. Thus slip plane foundations. OsumPODS are designed to float on a plane that allows movement. Conventional building are all anchored to the ground except on some very sophisticated buildings that have been built in areas highly prone to earthquakes where the added expense is justified. In the slip plane design of OsumPODS, the pit and pedestal configuration should […]

Hexagon form in Architecture

OsumPODS in my current design are hexagonal, and thus have a visual characteristic not common in architecture. Add in landscaping with right angles, and the effect is even more noticeable.  In this golden hour depiction, note that what you might expect to be shadowed in the structure is not. This is because of the 120 degree angle instead of 90. I am not an architect by trade, but have always had an interest and a love of design. So much […]

OsumPODS, The acronym deciphered Part 2

The acronym OsumPODS and the logo are representative of the concept, but do not encompass the complete strategy of creating autonomous structures or independent communities. No vision can include all of the challenges or the solutions for such a major departure from the way we interact and strive to prosper as individuals and as a species. Mankind faces many challenges in regard to population and the impact we place upon our environment. It is certain that our problems will become […]

OsumPODS: The acronym deciphered Part 1

(Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure(s))   OsumPODS vs. the status quo: When you look at conventional construction and code, it is clear the development of standards has been a process of evolution where amenities have been added to structures over time for convenience and typically buried into the framework. The construction industry as a whole, from architects and engineers down to laborers stuffing insulation into cracks, have no great incentive to build something better. It is not […]

OsumPODS, the acronym for sustainable living

OsumPODS (Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure) Acronyms are commonplace in our fast paced world, yet often ambiguous to many. If you are in the military you are expected to know AWOL, and the consequences of being absent without leave. If you text to your sweetheart you’re sure to use LYL for love you lots. Some acronyms become so used that we forget what they stand for like RADAR for radio detection and ranging. Of course there are […]

Anarchy in America

Although it may be true that being a cog in a well-lubricated machine is the simplest way to obtain a high standard of living, it is imperative that we use common sense and realize that the more interdependent we become, the more we are at risk when the machine breaks down. It is becoming increasingly apparent that America, and the world as a whole, has tried to solve its problems by becoming a huge machine, and that parts of the […]

The Smart Approach to the Future

Although the demands of day to day living make it hard to plan for the future, almost everyone that cares about the future gets talked into some type of investment, IRAs and 401(k)s the most common. None of these plans can protect you from runaway inflation. Few investments will help you survive when the United States goes bankrupt. Yes, gold and other precious metals, or even diamonds and gems may have some value, but they will be hard to eat […]

Devastating Storm Sandy

The debate continues about the severity of Sandy being caused by manmade global warming, and of course this is a political issue that divides this country. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the positions taken by the Democrats and the Republicans. Global warming can’t be all bad. The real problems are the actual poisons we are putting into our environment, and if global warming is in the news, the general public isn’t going to concern themselves with […]

Making energy independence part of your future

The ongoing debate for energy independence started in the early 70s with the so-called energy crisis. Every president since Nixon has set goals for our energy independence as a nation. Today the United States is no closer to a solution than when the energy crisis started. We are addicted to oil, nearly 60 percent of the oil we consume supplied by foreign producers, which is a fraction of the energy we waste due to inefficiencies. The 2009 Lawrence Livermore National […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 1)

Design Concept: Imagine a structure that is nearly indestructible and impenetrable. Imagine a structure that rests on a slip plane foundation that allows the house to remain motionless and undamaged in an earthquake, or float in a restrained position in case of a flood or a surge from a tsunami. Unishell superstructures will be designed to resist the power of a tornado, or the intense heat of a firestorm, thus will be designed to be insurance proof. Imagine a structure […]

Independence (part 3)

The Status of our Future: The potential for disaster with millions upon millions of people suffering, hinges upon the decisions made by a very small group of people. Be assured that many of the decisions being made are wrong. Unfortunately, our future depends upon making a great percentage of right choices. We are at the mercy of governments and big business, and their first priority isn’t saving the environment or making individuals independent. As we build OsumPODS, and as that […]

Building OsumPODS Part 1 (Architecture)

How do centuries of building influence the architecture of OsumPODS? What lessons will we take to heart to produce something better? Our past seemingly holds a tremendous influence on everything we do. Too often it seems we place a higher value on where we’ve been than where we are going, whether or not it makes sense or is applicable to our well being. Could it be that we see something more desirable looking back? Could it be that we equate […]