Lunar urbanism deux

The abstract of 'Lunar architecture and urbanism' by Brent Sherwood reads: 'Human civilization and architecture have defined each other for over 5000 years on Earth. Even in the novel environment of space, persistent issues of human urbanism will eclipse, within a historically short time, the technical challenges of space settlement that dominate our current view. By adding modern topics in space engineering, planetology, life support, human factors, material invention, and conservation to their already renaissance array of expertise, urban designers can responsibly apply ancient, proven standards to the exciting new opportunities afforded by space. Inescapable facts about the Moon set real boundaries within which tenable lunar urbanism and its component architecture must eventually develop.'
Sherwood was/is with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. An otherwise so-so paper, published originally in 1992.
If only he knew about the viab/nozzle (see below)...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...persistent issues of human urbanism will eclipse, within a historically short time, the technical challenges of space settlement..."

This is reminiscent of Allen Steele's novel "Clarke County, Space" where the world's first orbital colony (a territory of the United states, sponsored by corporate entities) struggles between becoming a Vegas-esque tourism destination or an agricultural center run by a religious group.

The Elvis worship cult in the novel is also pretty entertaining.

April 04, 2012 5:15 PM  

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