About a decade after we sang praises for the air bubble sun port, Goodyear actually tested a residential air structure for family use. David and Vickie Schumacher, pictured above, participated in Goodyear's experiment by liveing in this part translucent, part transparent home. Some areas, like the living room, had a floor, while others were left as grass and dirt. Although the Schumachers enjoyed the sunlight and how they could watch the rain falling on the roof, they found the open space and lack of privacy unnerving. David also professed to suffering from "bubble fever," which is like reverse cabin fever.
After returning to Princeton to finish his graduate studies, David organized a non-profit student housing group to develop designs for a residential campus contained within an air bubble. In his proposal, students would live within stackable "roommettes," which could be connected and transported like blocks within the air structure.
Read the full story in "Bubble, Bubble Everywhere"