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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Norman Foster on the Moon

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The London architecture firm is working with the European Space Agency to investigate methods for constructing lunar homes and has designed a four-person residence that would shelter its inhabitants from dramatically changing temperatures, meteorites and gamma radiation.

The idea...
The base of the house would be unpacked from a modular tube and an inflatable dome would fold up over it. Layers of lunar soil, known as regolith, would then be built up around the frame using a robot-operated D-Shape printer, creating a lightweight foam-like formation that is derived from biological structures commonly found in nature.
Well and good. But before you go the the moon, Norman, how about finishing that building you promised Seattle five years ago...

The hole is still there.

Looks like the hole will not be there for long.


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Fnarf 1
I would love to put Norman Foster on the moon. With no breathing apparatus.
Posted by Fnarf on February 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Foster didn't promise us the building, McGinn's Great City financial backers Triad Development did.

All they did was buy a sketch from Foster they could dangle before investors. Who did not bite, so the hole remains.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Tiffany 3
The Civic Square project is actually being resurrected:
Posted by Tiffany on February 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 4
@2, well put. well put.
Posted by Charles Mudede on February 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
@4, thank you! @3, I didn't hear that - appreciate the link. All the same, I'll believe it when I see it. Since Triad's multi-year deal with the city ends in 2013, this may be a bit of PR to lay the groundwork for the council (and perhaps a new mayor) granting the one-year extension they may be needing.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Posted by wisepunk on February 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Posted by wisepunk on February 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this

Lunar living.

The ultimate sparsity.

Hundreds of sq. mi. per person.

At least while it lasts.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Why do even lunar structures have to be shaped like a dick and balls? Oh, wait...
Posted by Jaya the Ferret Runner on February 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
yelahneb 10
Now we just need to find someone who wants to live on the Moon.
Posted by yelahneb on February 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 11
Oh, fercrissakes. Just dig a domicile instead of building some expensive contraption. Underground doesn't need expensive and heavy equipment. Small crane and pre-built monad supports. This guy is thinking of his own profits.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM · Report this

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