Hyper Inflatables: Prefabricated Membranes and 3D Printed Exoskeletons in Space
Taylor, Zachary Austin
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This project is a study for the use of large-scale deployable habitats that start to theorize humanity’s first foray into permanent cities in space and other planets. While current habitat construction is characterized by fitting together heavy and confined metallic modules, advancements in 3D printing and inflatables can help us imagine outposts not for just for a few, but substantial settlements for many. Using the surface of Earth's moon as a hypothetical site, the intent of the project is to demonstrate the promises of this architectural typology through construction sequencing, in-situ resource collection, advances in inflatable materiality, and contextualizing scalability and function.