Volume 54 of the series Water Science and Technology Library pp 151-174

Extreme Climate Control Membrane Structures

  • Richard Brook CathcartAffiliated withGeographos
  • , Milan M. ĆirkovićAffiliated withAstronomical Observatory

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We consider some of the implications of the radical macro-engineering efforts in medium-to-long-term future of humanity. In addition to a particular macro-project of Earth, the ‘‘Air Bag’’ Shell based, in part, on the inspiration drawn from Yves Klein’s austere visionary ‘‘Architecture of the Air’’, we discuss some ramifications of such a wraparound effect endeavor for humanity’s prospects and its cultural outlook, including studio and outdoor art forms. Essentially, we propose an inflated building macro-project to protect Earth from some threats (small asteroids, solar flares, molecular clouds in space) posed by its unaltered trajectory through interplanetary and interstellar space. This ‘‘shell-forming’’ can also be applied to other planets and smaller solid bodies, and can be understood as a generalization of the conventional terraforming. Applied to our planet, it would be a traveling ‘‘hibernaculum’’ for humans in which weather, local time is unimportant and humankind encumbers the Earth with a light touch

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macro-engineering future studies terraforming physical eschatology wraparound inflatable constructions