|Development of a sustainable off-world habitat utilizing a bioarchitectural approach
|Amy Holt, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2021
|1 electronic resource (v, 35 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|The negative impact humanity is having on the Earth’s biosphere is becoming ever more apparent, and it has become clear that more sustainable practices are required with regards to how the natural environment is managed. As humans prepare to return to the Moon for the first time in decades, it follows that applying such sustainable management principles to activities conducted on the lunar surface would also be beneficial in the long run. A myriad of designs and proposals have emerged in recent years regarding plans for a lunar settlement, but incorporation of sustainability remains a key design feature when resources are limited, and resupply missions are costly. This report explores the utilization of a bioarchitectural approach to habitat design and lays out a proposed biodesign process through which more sustainable structures can be conceived. The method comprises four stages; defining the design challenge, implementation of biomimetic strategies, selection of appropriate biomaterials and potential bioengineering to optimize functionality. This process was applied to the development of a lunar habitat settlement and yielded intriguing results that involved the use of novel mycelium construction materials and the potential incorporation of radiation resistant bacteria. The results suggest that the biodesign process developed has the potential to aid in the future development of eco-friendly and bio-sustainable habitat designs both here on Earth and for future off-world settlements.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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