By Amy Kraft
Posting in Architecture
A team of students from London's School of Architecture are proposing the construction of underground dens in the Arctic where researchers can work and live.
Working in the Arctic requires specialized equipment to deal with extremely cold temperatures. And because you can't check-in to a Hilton, researchers get by residing in tents or makeshift cabins.
But now a team of graduate students from London's Architectural Association School of Architecture are proposing a new type of Arctic residence, underground.
The team, known as the Polar Ants, wants to build an Arctic Research Facility that is essentially a network of dens similar to those of polar bears. To build such structures, they will use light-sensitive 'Antbots' to find and extract terrain that is suitable for underground dens.
Treehugger reports, "The project aims to create a 'self-regulating, self-contained and autonomous' polar architecture that also has a unique organizational aspect to it, say the designers."
Designing habitable structures in the polar regions is a matter of growing importance as researchers continue to explore these environments to study new organisms in the ice and the impacts of climate change.
Photo via Polar Ants
Apr 28, 2012
The land of the Arctic is around the edges of the Arctic Circle and is usually covered with tundra. A tundra is a cold, almost treeless plain covered with moss and grasslike plants called sedges. [url=http://londonunderground.ws/]London Underground[/url]
The Army built a large under-ice facility near the North Pole in '59 & abandoned it in '66 because the ice shifted around it. http://defensetech.org/2012/04/06/inside-the-armys-secret-cold-war-ice-base/#more-16861
- - Designing habitable structures in the polar regions is a matter of growing importance as researchers continue to explore these environments to study new organisms in the ice and the impacts of climate change. - Would underground structures carved out of ice be unstable places to live if the massive polar ice melt happens as predicted?
I wonder what they would power it with today? Greenpeace would go insane if they knew a nuke was built there. - - The futuristic facility was powered by a portable 1,500 kilowatt nuclear reactor constructed in New York. Weighing 472 tons, this first-of-its-kind prefabricated nuclear plant was broken down into 27 large parts and flown to the Greenland coast. - - http://www.foxreno.com/news/news/local-military/blog-camp-century-city-under-ice/nLbcJ/ - - first-of-its-kind - - Are there nukes at the South Pole stations? http://operationdeepfreeze.blogspot.com/2007/02/mcmurdo-nuclear-power-plant.html