Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Local News


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Redesigning Seattle Center

More than 500 of you responded to the Seattle Times' invitation to readers to design the Seattle Center of the future. Thank you for your participation in the future of Seattle Center. Your visions have been thoughtful and creative, and could influence city policymakers as they redesign Seattle Center. We invite you to take a look and comment on the ideas.

NEW See an exhibit of readers' ideas at Seattle Center
Starting Friday, you can view a selection of reader submissions on display in the north end of the Center House food court. The exhibit will be open during spring festivals at Seattle Center, beginning with the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival and continuing through Northwest Folklife.

Blog Home

March 10, 2008 6:18 AM

The Geodesic Eco Dome

Posted by seattletimes.com

Submitted by:
Jerry McManus

My plan:
One of the great challenges facing the world in the 21st century, perhaps the greatest challenge in human history, is the global transition from carbon intensive fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

With a diameter of 300 meters and standing at 100 meters tall the glass and steel geodesic Eco Dome is the ultimate in passive solar energy design. Heated air collected inside the dome during the summer is circulated underground where it is exchanged for cooler air. With the Earth itself acting as thermal storage the heat can be gradually recovered during the winter months thus providing a perfectly controlled climate inside the dome all year round.

Iconic in stature the Eco Dome would serve as a world class symbol of Seattle's commitment to finding sustainable solutions on a scale that matches the global challenges we face.


Reader submitted drawing of seattle center redesign

See full-size version (PDF)



Digg Digg | Newsvine Newsvine

Submit a comment

*Required Field



Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Posted by Concerned Garfield Students

1:38 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Here's a few things to consider:
1. what happens if birds/bugs get trapped inside and develop a colony?
2. how would one clean it? (inside and out)
3. remember asthetics. we want seattle center to be beautiful.
4. whats on the inside? grass?
5. what happens when there are a large number of people in the dome? wouldnt it get hot/steamy?
6. and i thought we liked our weather in seattle. why are you eliminating it? thats part of the experience.

Posted by Concerned Garfield Students

1:40 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Here's a few things to consider:
1. what happens if birds/bugs get trapped inside and develop a colony?
2. how would one clean it? (inside and out)
3. remember asthetics. we want seattle center to be beautiful.
4. whats on the inside? grass?
5. what happens when there are a large number of people in the dome? wouldnt it get hot/steamy?
6. and i thought we liked our weather in seattle. why are you eliminating it? thats part of the experience.

Posted by Publicbulldog

2:21 PM, Mar 12, 2008

Where is the rest of the holes that will make Seattle look like a trouble board?.
The eco theme may become moot once we convert to industrial cannabis fuel which has no sulfur or very little carbon.

Posted by Jerry McManus

2:22 PM, Mar 12, 2008

1. what happens if birds/bugs get trapped inside and develop a colony?

A. I'm guessing there are bird/bug colonies on the grounds now. What about it?

2. how would one clean it? (inside and out)

A. How does one clean any building?

3. remember asthetics. we want seattle center to be beautiful.

A. Eye of the beholder. The proportional juxtaposition of dome and spire is an archetype of great beauty that goes back for centuries, if not millennia. The Taj Mahal for example.

4. whats on the inside? grass?

A. If you look at the graphic I provided you would see that I placed grass and trees where the stadium is now, but left most of the grounds unchanged. A large climate controlled space would be open to many interpretations. What's on the inside? You tell me.

5. what happens when there are a large number of people in the dome? wouldnt it get hot/steamy?

A. If you read about the passive solar design I detailed in the text you would see that it explicitly provides for air-circulation. In addition, it has been demonstrated that with strategically placed openings a large dome can be cooled with the "Bernoulli effect".

6. and i thought we liked our weather in seattle. why are you eliminating it? thats part of the experience.

A. Eliminating the weather in Seattle...? I'm sorry, but your questions don't seem to be very well thought out.

Posted by Jerry McManus

2:24 PM, Mar 12, 2008

1. what happens if birds/bugs get trapped inside and develop a colony?

A. I'm guessing there are bird/bug colonies on the grounds now. What about it?

2. how would one clean it? (inside and out)

A. How does one clean any building?

3. remember asthetics. we want seattle center to be beautiful.

A. Eye of the beholder. The proportional juxtaposition of dome and spire is an archetype of great beauty that goes back for centuries, if not millennia. The Taj Mahal for example.

4. whats on the inside? grass?

A. If you look at the graphic I provided you would see that I placed grass and trees where the stadium is now, but left most of the grounds unchanged. A large climate controlled space would be open to many interpretations. What's on the inside? You tell me.

5. what happens when there are a large number of people in the dome? wouldnt it get hot/steamy?

A. If you read about the passive solar design I detailed in the text you would see that it explicitly provides for air-circulation. In addition, it has been demonstrated that with strategically placed openings a large dome can be cooled with the "Bernoulli effect".

6. and i thought we liked our weather in seattle. why are you eliminating it? thats part of the experience.

A. Eliminating the weather in Seattle...? I'm sorry, but your questions don't seem to be very well thought out.

Posted by Kevin

4:35 PM, Mar 14, 2008

I have to admit, if this got built, I'd either throw a rock through it or blow it up. It's that stupid.

Posted by Kevin

4:35 PM, Mar 14, 2008

I have to admit, if this got built, I'd either throw a rock through it or blow it up. It's that stupid.

Posted by No Dome

4:22 PM, Mar 15, 2008

Remember what happened to the last dome in Seattle.

Posted by Kat

10:23 AM, Mar 18, 2008

This is awesome! Did you see the plans for the new building in Moscow? It's like a self-contained city.

Posted by Del

1:15 PM, Mar 18, 2008

The Pauly Shore can smoke doobies, and ruin the biodome with a debauchery night. just like the movie. wake up hippie

Posted by Angelflower

11:44 AM, Mar 27, 2008

Now this is thinking out of the box! I like the idea.

Recent entries

Mar 31, 08 - 10:33 PM
City Stages 2012

Mar 31, 08 - 10:10 PM
Emerald Kingdom

Mar 31, 08 - 07:09 PM
McDonald's theme

Mar 31, 08 - 07:05 PM
Keep Seattle Center, add monorail line and Hollywood-style city walk

Mar 31, 08 - 06:55 PM
A new Seattle central park

Advertising

Marketplace

Convertible buyers have money and smarts; BMW touts i8 in D.C.new
(Thinkstock) Convertible buyers richer, more educated Convertible car buyers tend to be affluent and educated, according to Experian Automotive, an in...
Post a comment

Advertising

Advertising

Categories
Calendar

April

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      
Browse the archives

March 2008

Advertising

Buy a link here