I recommend taking a peek at the book “Spaced Out” by Alastair Gordon (fun site, although as with many things ‘sixties’ not exactly ‘safe for work’), which is a look at the “crash pads, hippie communes, infinity machines, and other radical environments of the psychedelic sixties”. It’s an expensive ‘art’ book, gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of period photos. I find it kind of inspiring to see all the wild creations that were essentially built by ‘amateurs’ – there is minimal text, and what’s there just kind of touches the highlights. Gordon traces a sort of rise and fall of interest in building geodesic domes that happened over the course of a few years in the late sixties, then a move into more free-form structures.
Here’s what Adam Begley had to say about the book and its author in the New York Observer: “Mr. Gordon is a wonderful writer, graceful, energetic, knowledgeable, and he brings to his exploration of Aquarian living a sympathetic heart and a coolly appraising head. He began his book, he writes, “in response to the culture of control that arose after September 11, 2001. It seemed like the right time to invoke a period of free-spirited, all-out independence.”