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California-based Geoship has raised almost $400,000 from 583 investors in a crowdfunding campaign to create a new kind of housing: affordable, resilient, modular, green, and long-lasting. The inspiration is from Buckminster Fuller, architect and futurist who popularized the geodesic dome. The invention enabling it? Bioceramic, the same material used to coat hip and knee joint replacements and found in NFL quarterback Tom Brady’s TB12 “recovery sleepwear” clothing. A render of what a small bioceramic dome community might look like. “When Buckminster Fuller was building domes in the sixties and seventies … he called them ‘wooden spaceships,’ … the right geometry but the wrong materials,” CEO Morgan Bierschenk told me recently on the TechFirst podcast . “He kind of guessed that it would be fifty to a hundred years until the right material sciences arrived to really produce geodesic domes.” Watch the full interview here: Bierschenk thinks bioceramic is the right material. It’s a new type of chemically-bonded ceramic that forms strong molecular bonds like a polymer. Crucially, bioceramic has the same property that makes cement so useful: the ability to mix it into a slurry and pour it into a mold without using high heat. That makes it cheap […]

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