It's been a long time since Biosphere 1 and 2 and the goals of technology development and sustainability are just as important today(if not more so). With talk of space colonies and a growing interest in sustainability, has anyone heard about any other biodome attempts? Even if it was one person like in the Martian it would be interesting to see. Biosphere was such a great concept and I feel that "in time" we could get it right. Open air farms would just have too many natural variables to keep track of, but a warehouse might be closed enough to work toward making efficient repeatable systems. We could breed animals and plants that would be best suited to living in a biodome and optimize technical solutions as well. This is the kind of thing that takes time and people would have to be rotated in and out periodically. I would totally pay a monthly subscription to observe and help contribute to this. What do you guys think?
There's some biodomes in England (The Eden Project in Cornwall, England), but they're not sealed. They're a tourist attraction and research center. Amazon (the online seller) recently made a biodome (also not sealed).
If you like fiction reading that is a mix of scifi, permaculture, and fantasy, the Biodome Chronicles (https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Biodome-Chronicles-Book-1/dp/0991345371) might be up your alley. I really enjoyed them! The books are set 50 years in the future, where a group of SCD (Society of Creative Anachronism--aka "renaissance fair") people made a biodome where they did a Live Action Role-play of living in medieval times, using permaculture principles, to survive in a totally enclosed environment, and raised their kids to know no advanced technology. Really fun and thought-provoking books!
Thanks Nicole for the recommends, I just ordered the book and it looks fun! I have heard about Project Eden but haven't looked into it. Hopefully I'll get to drop by and take a look at the end of the year when I'm over there. The book kinda sounds like the Village which is a favorite of mine. From my perspective, if we haven't been able to build a sustainable closed environment on Earth that has run for at least a decade with people either staying or rotating out, we have no business trying it somewhere in space. Maybe it is just a much harder problem to solve than I realize.