Many people were brought to the new planet of Demie Faiteel to assist in the construction of the new population. The personnel of the shelter division is vast. However, we will be concentrating on the architect and the engineer, who are the directors of this sector.
My name is Alexandra Brighton and I am the architectural director on the planet of Demie Faiteel. Approximately three years have gone by since we first arrived. The differences between Demie Faiteel and Earth are extremely apparent. I had no idea what I would be getting into when I first signed on to be the architectural director of the new planet. We ran into a great deal of problems when we began to design the living structures.
When we arrived on the planet, we became aware of the fact that two different structural plans would be needed. The planet is made up of only two climates. However, the climates are completely opposites. Half of the planet is a hot, dry desert. The other half is covered in ice and snow. Therefore, Mr. Anthony and I had to design and build structures for both climates.
Our resources for building were limited. We brought only the essential hand tools with us. These tools run on special batteries and work fine for small work, however, they were terrible for building homes. The conditions called for a simple design and something that wouldn't require a large number of different materials.
Both of the designs are very basic and make total use of the natural resources found on the planet. For the desert I decided on a structure that could be built within the sand. We discovered large sand dunes, all over the desert, covered with a type of netting plant called moss-lace. This is a moss-like type of plant that covers the sand dunes and stabilizes the sand by sending its roots down through the dunes. We found that the stabilizing factor of the plant made it possible for our teams to dig into the hills and make caves. Once we were inside the dune, we structured the cave by simply smoothing more sand over the bare roots of the moss-lace. The entrance to the cave is a short tunnel with a small door at the face of the dune. The door is made of a wooden skeleton with sand bags in between the frame. The majority of the caves on the planet are single- or double-room structures. Since there are only a few families on the planet, none of the houses are very large. The houses remain cool and comfortable in the intense heat of the desert because of the packed sand.
The structure for the icy part of the planet is completely adapted for the climate. The bungalow is entirely made up of ice and snow. We used hand saws to cut blocks of ice out of the surrounding resources. After stacking the blocks up, we proceeded to use hand drills to bore a small hole through all the ice. After this we poured cold water down the hole. Once the entire structure was erected, we carefully tapped each block into place. Twenty-four hours post constructing the domicile, the place was ready for living in. Similarly to the sand dune caves, the entrance to the ice house was a small tunnel. This particular design does not come with a door. However, if the occupant wishes, they may put up a sort of divider or blanket to keep out the wind. Also like the sand dunes, there are no windows in these structures. These icy caves are comfortable and clean. However, they are not very spacious.
Designed by: Christina Friesen and Monique Sweet