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Solar, Hail and the Insurance Issue

Although manufacturers of solar panels will tout the durability of their product, the fact is that hail can damage the toughest roofs, and will no doubt damage the toughest solar panels. Building structures that won’t require any insurance will be a challenge, and even if OsumPODS become virtually insurance proof, people will no doubt be compelled to buy insurance because the insurance companies will make it sound like the rational thing to do. If OsumPODS are nearly indestructible, then insuring […]

Hello world!

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 […]

Building Communities to Conserve Energy

OsumPODS building sites will be inherently different than sites for conventional homes or other structures. Because of modular design and the interlocking configurations, space will be utilized in a more efficient manner. Typical units vary from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, but could vary from 1,000 to as many square feet as may be required for any given purpose. Modules could also be built in many sizes, but then different size modules would not interlock, thus defeating the purpose. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

High Park fire, Colorado fireproof structures

Although homes have survived the High Park fire, it is more a matter of luck or good ground maintenance that has saved the structures, not their imperviousness to fire. Fireproof structures are rare, and probably have limitations that prevent them from being ideal homes. The concept home pictured in the fire is a unishell modular superstructure or OsumPODS. The futuristic concept employs robotics to spray cast unishell modules from high strength concrete. The structures are not only fireproof, but are […]

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 […]

Building OsumPods Part 3 (Design)

Although I love architecture, I have no way of being able to predict what sort of structures will end up on our landscape. Certainly there will be monstrosities from some points of view. However, if form follows function, and the geometric shapes that lend themselves to efficient and strong modules are incorporated into our buildings, then certainly such architecture will be recognized as better, if not more pleasing. Without such goals, the world is destined to stumble along facing one […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 2)

World Commerce: Demographic trends continue to move toward global interdependence for human survival. In an increasingly volatile world, it is not a desirable trend to be in. Frequent meltdowns in the stock market are a sure indicator that we’re on the wrong track. US manufacturers would currently be hard pressed to supply such basics as shoes and clothing for this nation. Because US businesses fail to compete in a global market in many areas, our trade deficit continues to grow, […]