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A Giant Bubble Fort To Give Polluted City Residents A Safe Place To Breathe

29 March 2014

Tree in a bubble

The enclosed park proposed for Beijing would house a botanical garden. It would have clean air and controlled temperature and humidity throughout the year. 

Orproject's veiny, transparent domes, or "bubbles," rely on a stretchy plastic material called ETFE. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, organizers created a 17,000-person aquatic stadium cloaked in ETFE, which, letting in extra light and heat, decreased energy costs by an estimated 30%.

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  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to discuss and illustrate how decisions about material selection take into account the composition of the material and the specifications of the product. (level 5 )
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Keywords: bubble, beijing, technological products, characteristics of technology

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