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Here is a project from 1982 and published in the New Leaf, a local magazine at the time. It is one of my early designs for a walking city. The design problem was to solve the concern of astronauts that muscles and bones deteriorate in the weightless environment of space without vigorous exercise. The standard approach to this problem is to design space stations with artificial gravity by building huge hollow wheels with a spinning motion creating artificial gravity. This is the approach in "2001 A Space Odyssey for their space station. I believe the International Space Station straps the astronauts to treadmills like gerbils. The approach here with the G0 Space Station using a spherical design to maximize the inside space of the station based on the weight of the materials. To get from place to place in the station,  the colonists would fly through the air with artificial wings strapped to their arms and legs. Like swim fins in the ocean, getting around in the G0 Space Station would require a lot of work. Muscle mass and bone density would be preserved through this vigorous exercise. Some of the ideas like the solar/steam power and the sheep may not be that practical but I wanted the idea of going to space to be seen as kind-of a low tech experience for a change.

 click on the image of the space station for a closer view

Below is another spherical project; the Dodecahedron Speaker. In 1985 and 1986 the angular geometry and construction method for an omni directional speaker assembly was developed based on the shape of the dodecahedron and the other regular geometric solids. In 1987 this study led to my successful application for patent number 4673057  http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4673057.pdf. Although many designs have been produced lately for this truly surround sound design, my patent expired before the idea of dodecahedral or dodecahedron shaped speakers became popular. The original prototype of the sound grenade (left image) was also known as the sound bomb, the dode and many other names, particularly by my neighbors during the early testing of the first experiments. The shape of this first prototype was made using a Super Pinky hard rubber ball marked and drilled with the dodecahedral pattern.

 

The middle image below is the my second original prototype of the dodecahedron shaped speaker with my Manx cat lurking behind. This design made of sheet metal was pop riveted together into two halves and then bolted together with silicon sealer as a gasket to create the first airtight enclosure. This was the first design that achieved a balance between the crisp high frequency sound with solid base utilizing twelve essentially midrange speakers. The secret to the superior sound was carefully matching impedance of the speaker array with the output channels of the amplifier. This speaker weighs around 25 pounds and will break windows if asked. The image to the right was a final production prototype built under license by a company called Soundstar. These speakers went into a large assembly hall in San Diego around 1990.    

 

original design prototype of the first symmetrical dodecahedron shaped omnidirectional speaker using a matched array of identical transducers arranged around a super pinkysecond prototype of the dodecahedral speaker array utilizing an airtight enclosureglassco speaker or symmetrical dodecahedron shaped speaker us patent 4673057

 

Below is a progression of three images from a project in Calgary called Shawnessy. The project was designed while in the employ of the Genstar Development Company. My place on the team was as the designer of the street layouts and land use configurations under the head of planning Anthony Young. The project was the largest of several being developed by the largest land developer in Calgary at the time. The time was the late 70's during a historic growth spurt in Western Canada due to the oil boom of the 1970s. On the left is a preliminary rendering of the overall layout covering much of the 640 acre site. I worked closely with Kevin Smith, senior engineer in charge of underground utilities and storm water management. The second image is a portion of the preliminary plan application to the city of Calgary for phase 1. The last image on the right below shows the subdivision as it looks now in Google Earth. Besides previous planning and design work performed for the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp in Winnipeg and after that the Department of Municipal Affairs in Regina, Saskatchewan, I also created plans for Genstar of portions of other Calgary subdivisions. These areas are Deer Run and Silver Springs plus preliminary studies for their next large development effort known at the time as Calgary North.

 

For Shawnessy below, a somewhat unique feature aside from preserving the existing green belt and natural drainage between the two major neighborhoods, was the successful attempt to face all perimeter house lots onto major streets and freeways. The common practice at the time and even today is to back the rear yards of the houses onto major roads. This practice, although saving on the length of interior streets (a very important cost,) exposes the private and often cluttered rear yards of house lots onto the main traffic corridors. The aesthetic experience of both home owners and drivers is improved if the front yards and frontage roads are used as a buffer between the traffic corridors and the houses.

 

Genstar had the reputation and still does of building higher quality neighborhoods than the average. It was a pleasure to see my design ideas accepted and built. Any designer would agree.

 

rendering of an original layout for the Shawnessy Subdivision from 1979felt pen colored print of the original preliminary plan application for Phase 1 of Shawnessy - yellow = R-1, orange = R-2, brown = R-3, red = Commercial, green = School & Park. air photo of the completed subdivision from Google Earth

 

click on picture to link to article describing Sunserra resort developmentBesides performing environmental cleanup and preparing environmental reports, my company, Eco-nomic designs septic systems large and small. We specialize in resorts and environmentally difficult sites. Between 2005 and 2008, I faced my greatest septic design challenge; designing a community septic system under a golf course. Sunserra Resort at Crescent Bar in Central Washington State now has 245 homes clustered around a spectacular 9 hole executive golf course and restaurant complex. Over 5 miles of distribution pipes, 44 tanks and 22 drainfields are buried under the irrigated golf course. Close coordination of the septic design and construction was required with the developer, the excavator, the golf course designer and local health inspectors. Click here for some details of the system design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

picture of the actual Icicle PrizeMore recently I was very pleased to receive the 2009 Icicle Prize for black and white photography from the Icicle Fund, a regional organization dedicated to the arts and the environment. Click on the prize for the winning image taken at the Tomb of Minh Mang in Hue, Vietnam in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a self employed consultant since 1990 and have been continually and successfully designing for clients ever since. I am constantly searching for new challenges in the design fields of mechanical, acoustic, land/ space utilization, transportation and energy. If you are searching for a designer with a track record to solve a difficult design problem and have come across these words, why not give me a call. You can contact me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.glassco

Last Revised:  11/12/2016  Eco-nomic

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