This paper outlines two linked pedagogical exercises that aim to diversify and enrich the space community. The exercises engage new areas of expertise besides engineering in a collaborative process that aims to develop a framework that allows groups to go beyond previous proposals for space inhabitation. The authors propose both a studio-based collaboration and a larger scale international competition based on the premise that in order to depart from prior solutions, a nonterrestrial approach must be cultivated. A studiobased model is proposed as the architect's under-recognized value is in constructing models that lend meaningful appearance for a wide variety of users. A nonterrestrial approach is sought as previous design and space agency studios and studies have approached the problem of space inhabitation with the assumption that the model simulates a natural, given condition. This has heretofore limited the set of possible solutions. The authors here detail a new approach using a web-based framework that allows a distributed network of participants to self organize along lines of common purpose and participate in producing and adapting a shared ground through a public forum.

40th International Conference on Environmental Systems, ICES 2010
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Berns, T.D. (Torben D.), Jemtrud, M.J. (Michael J.), Domlesky, A. (Anya), Nguyen, P. (Philam), & Garvey, T. (2010). A nonterrestrial approach to space inhabitation. In 40th International Conference on Environmental Systems, ICES 2010.