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Habitation on the Moon

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Habitation on the Moon.

Rel. Giovanni Durbiano, Valentina Sumini, Federica Joe Gardella. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, 2023

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The moon has become a major site for human habitation as the world strives to explore and inhabit space. The moon presents a unique opportunity for humans to establish a permanent presence beyond our planet due to its proximity to Earth, the availability of resources, and the potential for scientific inquiry. However creating structures for lunar colonists is difficult due to factors including harsh temperatures, radiation, and the absence of an atmosphere. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the design of reliable and sustainable architecture for future lunar settlements. The research will concentrate on comprehending the special limitations and opportunities of lunar dwellings and establishing design approaches that consider the lunar settlement’s social, cultural, and environmental facets. By examining current data, our thesis also seeks to go beyond imagining the structural needs for the infrastructure of a Lunar city. In addition to our objective of creating new life scenarios with sustainable architecture on the Moon, we also plan to include high technology topics like 3D printing and parametric design in our thesis. Plus, we propose to do design research and studies in this area while considering the sociological and psychological challenges of beginning a new existence on a distant planet. The research will be started by reviewing the current research status on lunar colonization and identifying the main design opportunities and challenges. The thesis will then suggest a theoretical paradigm for designing lunar habitats that emphasizes resilience, adaptation, and sustainability. The framework will be based on a thorough examination of the lunar environment, building supplies, construction methods, and management of energy and water. A case study of a suggested lunar structure will also be included in the thesis to show how the theoretical framework is applied in practical applications. The main topic of the case study will be the design of a small-scale lunar habitat that can house a crew of four astronauts. The design will take into account the main environmental elements, such as temperature, radiation, and lunar soil characteristics, and will create a construction technique that makes use of local resources and has a minimal negative influence on the environment. The research will conclude by evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed framework and design approach and identifying the potential for future research and development in lunar habitat design. The thesis will contribute to the growing body of knowledge on lunar habitation and provide valuable insights for architects and designers working on space-related projects. We may have the chance to critically reevaluate design and architectural traditions that we are obliviously using on Earth via the lens of space architecture. In addition, extra atmospheric design can be a great place to test out fresh sustainability ideas for the terrestrial environment. In conclusion, designing for space can provide us with insight and direction on how to enhance design on Earth by utilizing the resources to their full potential.

Relators: Giovanni Durbiano, Valentina Sumini, Federica Joe Gardella
Academic year: 2023/24
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 88
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-04 - ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: Politecnico di Torino
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/28099
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