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7 models will be displayed during the exhibition in Rome, see last report on 7/27/05. Director of Habitat and Design, Tomiaki Tamura, supervises restoration of the models. The OVUM II model depicts one of the Space Arcologies designed by Paolo Soleri.
[Photo & text: sa]

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7 models will be displayed during the exhibition in Rome, see last report on 7/27/05. Director of Habitat and Design, Tomiaki Tamura, supervises restoration of the models. The OVUM II model depicts one of the Space Arcologies designed by Paolo Soleri.
[Photo & text: sa]



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The model is suspended from a gearbox that houses lighting and rotation.
[Photo & text: sa]



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OVUM II: An earlier version of this design, a model of OVUM I, was presented in an exhibit in Graz, Austria in 1984. This revised version was made in 1985, also from drawings that depict space settlements. The structural form consists of two rotating elements. The torus structure, rotating around an asteroid from which the structural components can be made by mining out its asteroidal matter, could host science and research activities as well as an urban center with residence and commercial facilities. The outside bubble-membrane that defines the ecological envelop of this space habitat provides a protective shield from space dust and radiation, and solar ray absorption surfaces for energy harvesting. The inside surface of this rotating membrane can provide agricultural and landscaping with a fraction of the earth’s gravity.
[Photo: sa & text: tt]



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The torus has been re-glued and strapped to cure. More on model restoration on 8/19.
[Photo & text: sa]

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