*The BioShip: Design Science Brought to Life
A new design and method of watercraft manufacturing using the Geodesic Dome and the Space Frame, resulting in stronger, cheaper and safer watercraft. It is more flexible in both design and construction, cheaply and easily extensible and vastly simpler to build.
*From Canadian Patent Application 2,865,672
Before you criticize someone,
you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are
a mile away from them and you have their shoes.
A predatory capitalist truest enemy, and
humanity's greatest ally, is the self-educated individual who has read,
understood, delays their gratification, and walks around with their eyes wide
What is the BioShip?
The Bioship is many things but primarily it has three main functions:
Affordable Shelter -
Energy Generator -
Technology Platform -
The BioShip - it is a freedom generator - Freedom from rent and utilities, freedom to travel and take your stuff with you without packing. 14 years of research and experimentation culminating in a low cost, beautiful, comfortable, healthy, energy efficient living alternative.
The Bioship is a GAS, gas gas. It is:
Green - with it's super insulated dome heating and cooling is a breeze. It's power generation capacity makes it a net energy producer. It can be used as a carbon offset.
Affordable - our focus on the "doing more with less" design science principle, the Bioship maximizes living space with minimal materials thereby lowering cost. Living on the water eliminates the cost of the land. While cheaper than almost any house design because of the elimination of the land requirement, it's dome structure is strong and lightweight and mathematically maximizes volume/surface area.
Of course most people know about the need for decent housing.
Just look at the Calgary housing market. San Francisco 1400 sq ft. apartments are now $10000/month. That's a large bay which can park one or two Bioships. Lots of land everywhere lying barren while people are homeless and ridiculous rents are charged. Low cost housing is rare. I'm not advocating revolution but this constant gouging for money by the haves is getting to be a bit much. It seems that the struggle never ends.
The new Bioship construction method will be made with a three ideas in mind:
I will not go further into it yet because of as-of-yet unpatented proprietary design solutions. Yes, yes, I still want to make money off of the thing and it's a useful invention.
I will create the simplest strongest cheapest easiest living alternative yet. No expensive molds needed. No worries about plastic deformation when cooling which raised concerns about the viability of the previous construction method. All tried and true simple methods are now the mantra.
I'll be able to order the parts and equipment needed this summer and I'll have all winter to work on it.
Projected completion of new prototype is the spring of 2017.
Through a number of expensive and sometimes heartbreaking iterations in design, my final design uses aluminum triangles to create the entire structure of the hull(s)s and deck - as pictured below.
The advantages, and I mean real advantages of the space frame are:
To put the space frame together, the tetrahedral triangle and the octahedral triangle (trade secrets) are assembled into the tetrahedron (Figs. 5 and 6) and the octahedron (Fig. 14a) respectively, shown below.
The internally reinforced edges of these polyhedrons, when fastened together (Fig. 15) form the space frame that gives this three dimensional truss system it's synergetic strength. The membrane between the reinforced edges of the polyhedrons, create the multiple bulkheads that give the BioShip it's incredibly resilient buoyancy.
While combining the ideas of the Geodesic Dome and the Space Frame together to form watercraft is an innovative part of my patent, there are two innovations that surpass the Dome/Space frame combination. They are:
In the words of Habitat for Humanity's International CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford:
"Housing in the developing world is a process.
Families might replace a dirt floor with a clean, hard surface. They might
Just in case you doubted the strength of a truss system.
The space frame, while strong and light weight, has always been held back by the use of a complicated, expensive connector. I reiterate, my patented construction method eliminates that problem, removing the barrier to it's popular usage.
What is Needed to bring this "Design Science to Life"?
Money and time. I now have six breeding female Labrador retrievors, all but one that will have a litter this summer. The BioShip prototype I plan on launching on the west coast on the spring/summer of 2017 will need less than half the projected revenue from the litters to get it built.
I need to produce the above triangle in large quantities. Cost to build a third, "complete but rudimentary" prototype with 2000 ft2 of living space - $20,000. See spreadsheets for and idea of the dome costs.
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Drawing of the Prophet Mohammed my vary in order to reduce my costs but it will be close to the above design and the message will get across loud and clear. Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to specify shirt size and mailing address. Delivery in the America's is $10.00 Canadian.
Or if you are a housing industry corporation that feels threatened by the Bioship and want to commit corporate murder (surely not in Canada) or simply a Muslim kook that does not embrace living - then dig around and you can find my address.
Unfortunately I'm not Iron Man so protecting myself is certainly not guaranteed, but while I draw breath I will not be silenced by the likes of you.
The BioShip is design science's contribution to Nathaniel Branden's well elucidated goal of evolving into selfhood. The freedom it provides automatically encourages it, like planting a seed in rich moist soil that has plenty of sunshine. He states,
What a BioShip does is provide an environment that automatically encourages and/or enables this self-actualization process.
How Does The BioShip provide a low cost, comfortable, healthy, energy efficient living alternative?
By using design science's "more with less" principle, The BioShip allows one to build a very strong, lightweight structure. This strength and the use of the "kiss principle", in particular with the hull and deck construction, enables one to build large structures on the water without expending huge amounts of money.
The Fifth National Policy Document on Spatial Planning, published in 2001, defined design quality through seven criteria:
These broad headings each cover a range of aspects for good housing design in the Netherlands.
Spatial diversity refers to the physical composition of a housing scheme including space standards, performance of building regulations, dimensions of buildings, variation of dwelling types, forms and densities. It also accounts for the differences between the city and the countryside.
Economic and social functionalitiesrefers to investment in community buildings and infrastructure such as railway stations, schools and playgrounds, and to local facilities such as cafes and shopping centres.
Cultural diversityrefers to a diversity of activities for local communities such as community halls, cultural facilities, street art and public spaces. Social equality ensures that the design of the housing development reflects the aspirations of the community, including whether the design has an adequate mix of tenure.
Sustainabilityrefers to reducing the environmental footprint of a housing development. This includes specifying durable and locally sourced materials, and ensuring the housing development achieves the optimum energy performance rating.
Attractivenesscomprises the contribution of the aesthetical characteristics of a housing scheme and the composition of individual dwellings to the overall appearance of the development.
Human scaleincludes the urban design of a housing development such as car parking, coherence of street design and easy access to transport.
Design Quality in New Housing: Learning From the Netherlands by Mathew Cousins
The BioShip strives for these goals by resting on the shoulders of many amazing people in the past, along with the inventor's stubborn reluctance to pay outrageous housing costs.
The primary influence on the design of the BioShip is from R. Buckminster Fuller and his design science initiative. Of particular importance - especially in regards to the BioShip, are his Space Frame (Octet Truss) and Geodesic Dome inventions. These fundamental structures are only improved upon by the inventor. The simplification of their construction, the ability to use off the shelf materials and the "incremental" or "progressive building" strategy inherent in the inventor's design of the space frame - these are the main contributions of the inventor.
For your perusal here are the diagrams that were included in the patent application (included just to give a snapshot of the inventive process).