Phil Pauley, a London-based concept designer, has unveiled his vision for Sub-Biosphere 2 – a self-sustainable underwater habitat designed for aquanauts, tourism and oceanographic life sciences as well as long-term human, plant and animal habitation. If this sounds like a strangely familiar concept, it’s because Pauley’s system is based on the successes of the Biosphere 2 project – a man-made closed-ecological system in Arizona that was used by researchers to explore the possibility of sustainable living in a closely-monitored environment.
The SBS2 will be able to float or submerge and as it dives, the pressure at depth against the forces of air would act like a heart and lungs, sustaining the life within the biomes. The central support biome will monitor the life systems from within its own operations facility.
Pauley developed this underwater habitat concept way back in 1998, and his current work continues to focus on sustainable and innovative design. He hopes to generate enough investment and support globally to establish a team that could take the SBS2 project through the research, testing and construction phases. This would allow him to focus and consult on how best to promote its development.
Some put the eventual failure of the Biosphere 2 project down to human nature – caused by either factional splits within the group of Biospherians, feelings of isolation or problems with the management team. So time will tell whether Pauley will be able to overcome the problems associated with confining human beings into his SBS2...
Read more about Pauley’s design ideas at his personal and business websites. For information about the Biosphere 2 see the University of Arizona's website about the research centre.
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