Space Architecture, Biotechnology,and Parametric Processes: Component design through assembly, growth, and fabrication parameters in an iterative feedback loop

Monika Brandic Lipinska*, Martyn Dade-Robertson, Meng Zhang

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Resource scarcity in extraterrestrial environments, like the Moon or Mars, imposes limitations on construction, necessitating resource, and energy optimization. To respond to these challenges, this paper explores the development of a parametric framework, bridging the fields of space architecture, biotechnology, and parametric processes, allowing for the development of energy and resource-efficient structural components. The foundation for the framework is built upon ongoing research conducted in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center, focusing on a myceliumbased aggregation of Martian regolith for construction. Due to the nature of the material and targeted environment, the proposed parametrization process is based on specific assembly, growth, and fabrication requirements. The framework incorporates a feedback loop between design, computational simulation, and physical testing. Interaction of multiple systems, implemented through an iterative process, and hybrid design approaches, enable continuous design refinement, incorporating inputs from the interconnected disciplines that, pose challenges when evaluated separately. The paper recognizes the challenge of identifying crucial parameters and implicit actions and bridging the gap between theory and implementation. It calls for further work on programming the parametrization framework and integrating computational simulations and data evaluation. In emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of future space exploration and architecture, the paper underscores the significance of integrating diverse disciplines and technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Aug 2023
EventACADIA 2023: HABITS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: SCARCITY AND ABUNDANCE IN A POST-MATERIAL ECONOMY - College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado , Denver, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 202328 Oct 2023


ConferenceACADIA 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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