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.
[photos by Roger Tomalty]