of the GAIA project
and the Master Planning Process
to brief description of this project
Crystal Cave is the third iteration
of the Renascense Project concept.
It is most true to the original concept.
location of this iteration is designated
to be Glenwood Springs in Colorado.
On a river, adjacent to a highway 24
hours to Chicago and San Francisco by
train AND an open wilderness
recreational environment. A perfect
location for the research-design center
stewarding the GAIA, Master
Planning and Red
Thread projects. It is also
intended that project like Speranova would be designed here. This is the PLACE for the Cathedral
Builders - those that will practice
design and building with the highest
fiduciary duty to all life forms. This kind of practice requires a certain
mind set and this environment is designed
to provoke and facilitate this attitude.
addition, this work draws a certain
inspiration from Mary Stewards
telling of the Arthurian Legend: The
Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The
Wicked Day. Stewards description
of Merlin as teacher, engineer, healer
and magician makes a robust model of
the kind of artist/engineer necessary
to this work.
grew up in and spend the largest proportion
of my youth in intentional
communities. The Renascense
Project IS such an effort.
It is a deliberately designed community
with a total dedication to a specific
agenda. An agenda that will take decades
to get fully started let alone made
complete. The environment plays a large
role in this kind of circumstance -
greater than other situations. I expect
to work and live here, of course, however,
this does not substitute for my own
private work studio.
expect that this will be true for the
vast majority who work and live in the
Crystal Cave although some may find
an exclusive lifelong practice in this venue. The Crystal Cave, then,
has to project a strong armature that MAKES an unique place to be and that focuses those who
are there on a specific mission. This
requires an environment that is more
intentional and extreme
than necessary or correct in more common
Crystal Cave is literally that. It will
be caved out of rock and enclosed with
Crystal shaped skylights that
open and close to best interface the interior
environment to the exterior. With the
volume of interior cool air, the appropriate
orientation and exposure to sun load,
and proper use of hydrogen technology,
the entire environment can be energy independent.
Much of the basic food necessary to the
community will also be produced on site.
In fact, these aspects of the design are
mission critical - they are part of the
R&D of the project. Use what you sell.
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