What is the future of now?
Our exploitation of the natural world has disrupted the symbiotic exchange between living creatures and their surroundings. With the goal of reexamining the scope of human habitation, a closed-loop ecological system located in low earth orbit can be a catalyst for testing the extreme conditions of how people thrive and survive. On Earth, a dwelling primarily protects its inhabitant but in outer space, a dwelling both supports and sustains its inhabitants. Using the human body and its metabolic needs as a design metric, spatial parameters can be defined and quantified to create a closed system.
Why do we live the way we live?
The juxtaposition between habitation and support spaces creates a dynamic relationship between the dependence of micro and macro aspects of life. The habitation spaces are withdrawn, while the support spaces are communal. Both of these zero gravity spatial conditions form a closed system with the reciprocal exchange of energy and material. Groups of pods can aggregate and separate. The units needed for survival are sleeping pods, fluid sacks, exercise membranes and agricultural frameworks. These infrastructures coalesce inside a larger vessel which gathers energy from Sun, containing and supporting its’ inhabitants.
How will mankind exist on the Moon?
The yearning to traverse our infinite universe is not to reterrestrialize our species, but to continually explore. Getting to the moon is one step in a vast and complex system of intergalactic travel. We’ve gotten to the moon.
How will we go on?