Utopian Ruins

Utopian Ruins by Taylor R. Genovese

The Biosphere 2 habitat in southern Arizona lies coiled like a metallic snake, weaving its body of twisted metal around strutted towers that stretch out toward the sky. What started as a utopian project to test the feasibility of a closed ecological system for use in future outer space habitats, it ran into highly publicized scientific, engineering, and interpersonal problems—not to mention the bizarre fact that Steve Bannon was briefly involved after the failure of its first occupation. Today, it exists mainly as a tourist site and an ecological research lab for the University of Arizona.