We return with this and several upcoming reports to the visit of  Kansas City Art Institute students in January and the students intensive program [see previous reports on 1/6, 1/11 and 1/16 2012].

The 80 foot long “test” Greenhouse tunnel is a temporary research structure constructed by the students from Kansas City Art Institute as part of a Science unit of study while at Arcosanti. 

It was instrumented to collect and monitor temperature gradient data to be used to

quantify thermal performance of the greenhouse acting as both a hot air collector for space heating needs and a water collector to provide domestic hot water.   

These empirical data, measuring the gradient and potential for agricultural micro-climates,  will contribute to the design and implementation of the several Arcosanti greenhouse projects planned or currently under way. 

 

Roger Tomalty

 

 

[photos by Roger Tomalty]

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