Dwelling Beyond: Sustainable Design On Mars
Raimond, Austin Martin
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In 1620, over the course of 66 days, 102 passengers called the Mayflower their home before arriving and settling in Plymouth, New England. In the years following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 nearly 7 million people traversed extreme wilderness in covered wagons to found and settle the American West. This year, 2015, the first spaceport has opened in anticipation of sub orbital space flights in 2017 and manned settlement flights to mars by 2026. This thesis explores the questions: In this next phase of human exploration and settlement, what does it mean to dwell beyond earth? What are the current architectural limitations regarding structure and material sustainability? And, How can architecture elevate the traditionally sterile environments of survival shelters to that of permanent dwellings?