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In order for us to appreciate the beauty of nature (as Bran suggests) we need to design all our buildings to look like plants.

Nanocarbon tube and nanocarbon alloy production can be scaled up. We should be able to totally replace steel and almost totally replace fossil fuels too (the latter with geothermal energy that we can bring up everywhere with 4 KM long nanocarbon tube wires). Nanocarbon tubes are light and much stronger than steel and 1000 times as conductive of both heat and electricity as copper. Using nanocarbon tubes for construction and geothermal heat extraction should not only provide us the boundless energy we need to desalinize the ocean water and filter the hydrocarbons out of the air but also to construct all of our buildings to look like plants. Natural rock formations will be OK too, but most buildings should look like plants in order to 1) remind each other that we are a part of nature and not aliens created by some alien god from another world, 2) cultivate our appreciation of nature and 3) lessen the human footprint.

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  • Apr 2 2014: "True beauty is to be found in natural forms. the more we magnify, and the closer we examine, the works of artifice, the grosser and stupider they seem. But if we magnify the natural world it only becomes more intricate and excellent." Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  • Apr 16 2014: Yes. A good example would be a chip implanted in your body that monitors your body chemistry (by analyzing the blood or burning up an individual cell?) and accordingly interfaces via WIFI with a chip in your refrigerator. The former could tell the latter what nutrients you need. The frig chip would check the frig's inventory and accordingly submit an order for whatever you need to your grocery store. A big problem however is that now matter how beneficial some new innovation is and no matter how great the majority of beneficiaries is, there is always some group that can expect to lose revenue and fight tooth and claw to stop progress. In an equal opportunity and population controlled world, in a world without an army of surplus laborers, your company or industry going under would not be so devastating.
  • Apr 16 2014: In the future I see, the world is full of biomimetic architecture made of renewable resources.
  • Apr 16 2014: This is true Roland, but without population control there is as much hope for the planet's trees as there was for Easter Island's. More to the point, unless we maximize population control and equal opportunity (minimize the K and R class struggle as I explain in my books), then we will never become a civilized species or solve any of our problems.
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    Apr 15 2014: Or let's be more responsible on taking care of tress, so they grow like our buildings, Instead of cutting them young for a scaffold to build a structure.:)
  • Apr 8 2014: Yes, these are interesting too.
  • Apr 8 2014: I saw a doc some time ago about fractals and part of it discussed the (fractal) way that trees grew, beautiful stuff! Using fractals in design along with the golden ratio would probably be enough to make any new architecture beautiful and more "natural"

    http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/09/07/17-amazing-examples-of-fractals-in-nature/

    http://io9.com/5985588/15-uncanny-examples-of-the-golden-ratio-in-nature/all
  • Apr 8 2014: Sure Greg. I live in an environmentally impoverished area with much pollution and little biodiversity. Yet, the other day, I was passing through a park when I notice a bush with clusters of little budding flowers. Each cluster had a fabulous architecture. At the end of the main stalk were smaller stems of the same length radiating off in all directions. At the far end of each of these little stems was a ball (that is to become a flower). These many little balls, equally spaced apart, form a globe. My immediate thought was how cool it would be to have an apartment complex of this design. Each ball would be an apartment unit, perhaps with 3 floors. The stems would be hallways leading from the apartment to a central community center (atop the stalk). Nanocarbon tubes are strong enough that we ought to be able to greatly increase the scale of their production and layer them so as to use them as the hallways and central elevator shaft for complexes like this. I'm sorry that I cannot upload a photo of this cluster of buds here. If you email me, davidhuttner@yahoo.com, I will email a photo back to you. Also, I have been to the
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    Apr 7 2014: can you provide some photos of what you mean?
    • Apr 8 2014: (continued from above) Amazon rainforest and to several botanical gardens. I can confirm what naturalists say about the awesome designs that exist in nature -- everywhere you turn in the Amazon rainforest.
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        Apr 8 2014: sorry, david, what I meant is what would a building that looked like a plant look like? So it would be round like a tree trunk, and then rise and have branches? There would be offices in the branches? But would there be enough support for the offices, you would have to have really strong branches to hold up the weight?
  • Apr 5 2014: Tej, carbon is the most abundant element in our world. Nanocarbon tubes and graphene (nanocarbon sheets) are usually made by introducing CH4 into a chamber with a silicon substrate. Either the gas or the substrate is heated and the heavy carbon atoms get deposited on the substrate. Successive, atom-thick materials can be layered. The technology is referred to as CVD (chemical vapor deposition) or ALD (atomic layered deposition). The silicon comes from sand and is also cheap to produce. Although I'm not an expert on this technology (and would like to get more info from the people who are), it appears to me that this technology is being limited to electronic (micro) applications because it has the potential to totally replace steel (a multi-billion dollar industry). Also, I doubt if I am the first person to realize that 4 KM long, layered nanocarbon tube wires could be pulling up all the heat we need for generating all the electricity we need - thus totally replacing fossil fuels. Our problems and limitations are overwhelmingly political and not technical. --David
  • Apr 5 2014: I liked the idea. How about the Nanocarbon. Is it readily available.
  • Apr 3 2014: Good point, Jacob. Our alienation from nature was largely the result of Species War guilt and the repression of the identity of our Species War victims (our parent species). By repressing their identity, we severed our link with the rest of nature and became very, very crazy. There is a fabulous Irish myth that powerfully portrays this tragedy. (See my works, "Decoding the Deluge and Finding the Path for Civilization" and "Irish Mythology, Passageway to Prehistory.") By the way, we won't have to rely solely on up-scaling of the present nanotech. It's in its infancy. I have no doubt that we will learn, for example, how to weld graphene sheets and nanocarbon tubes together. Perhaps by tapering the heated substrate for graphene at both ends or heating a substrate rod only in the middle where the nanocarbon tube weld is to be deposited and spacing the ends exactly right, we will be able to accomplish this.