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In Tornado Ravaged East Nashville a Dome Rises and Points to a Better Way of Life

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Paul Freeman is an evangelist. Thanks to a devastating dose of dramatic weather his message and mission is finally taking root in the still very hip East Nashville, Tennessee. The region took a double strike of Tornado in March and Derecho in May that left many buildings in this desirable neighborhood leveled to the ground. Now, rising in their place - at least on one future thinking parcel of land - are sustainable and said to be safer concrete structures in the form of sturdy domes that can withstand even the wickedest of weather.

In Tornado Ravaged East Nashville a Dome Rises and Points to a Better Way of Life
The Eco-Shell rises in East Nashville.

Freeman has placed many other circular structures in and around Mid-Tenn but for the founder of an online group called "I Love Domes..." the fact that he recently hooked up with a spiritualist and like-minded individual in a high profile section of the city just east of downtown seems almost miraculous. Thanks to her connections the gospel of this particular form of sustainable housing is sure to hit the streets before long.

Chrissy Kirkwood is the owner of the house that co-hosted a "Dome Workshop" under the guidance and construction of Freeman along with several volunteers and participants. Kirkwood - who lives near the beat-up Basement East and Burger Up on the main drag - viewed firsthand the destructive power of the vile vortex that inspired the inspiring naturalist to step up her own teachings on alternative structures. Thus, the Workshop was held over Memorial Day weekend on May 23 and 24, 2020 to divulge the techniques and trade secrets of concrete dome building for both the curious and the capable.

Chrissy's real estate venture is the Kirkwood Property Group and over time she has expanded her expertise and network to offer holistic & sustainable alternatives to traditional house sales, property management and construction. A highlight on her own land was the sizable and maturing grove of bamboo that provided a unique space and meditative presence. She hopes to eventually duplicate the ambiance and vibe of her current location with a larger community situated on 60 acres an hour west of Music City - complete with dome homes and other forms of alt-architecture.

In Tornado Ravaged East Nashville a Dome Rises and Points to a Better Way of Life
The brain-trust behind the Ecoshell construction project - Paul Freeman and Chrissy Kirkwood.

Kirkwood didn't get away completely unscathed from the terrible twister as she lost a "tiny home" that stood in her expansive lot in the shadow of the Nashville skyline. With her weekly drum circles in sight of the new building and her wide circle of friends it is a sure bet that many of this town's finest musicians will be singing the praises of domes soon. That's the type of word of mouth and advertising "big dome" needs to really get their version of the future rolling.

For now she envisions building a three-story Monolithic unit to replace the damaged tiny home. That will be a larger version of the Eco-shell form the class was working on this day. But, the process that includes spraying concrete onto a rib-cage structure of steel rebar was created by Monolithic Industries in Italy, Texas since the 70's and over time they have proven to prevail when the weather takes a turn for the worse and that's music to everyone's ears in EN.

For MCN co-founder Rockin' Rich Lynch this all sounds like an answered prayer. First, he loves bamboo and all the possibilities that fine plant has to offer. Second, he really wants to live in a dome and he's been mapping out a journey to a domestic dome home destination every since recording his first song in 2014 called "I Want to Live in Dome". On that track he sang the praises of the "Monolithic Dome Building Process". Now, you can help him make a down payment on his own dome home dream by picking it up through the site below.

Related Links: For more information on EAST NASHVILLE DOMES and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Paul Freeman's I Love Domes... | Kirkwood Property Group | I Want to Live in a Dome


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