Project Bifrost: Rockets of the Future?
Indeed, our urban environments are not the inert clean spaces depicted by modernism, but lively ecologies of interacting agents. To engage these systems technologically requires us to work with them in very different way to how we use machines.
Architectural research projects such as Future Venice (shown below), which proposes to grow an artificial reef under the city using smart droplets to ecologically reclaim it, explore the possibilities of creating the conditions for a new kind of architectural construction, which performs more like Nature than a machine.
We intend to push forward with this kind of research in Persephone, which we regard as a black-sky challenge to establish the project's fundamental design principles.
These will range from how to design a project over the course of 100 years (for 100YSS), to what kind of culture would be best supported in a closed system.
Technical projects are likely to include models that explore how it may be possible to seed the ecology of a worldship using artificial soils, synthetic biology and terrestrial micro biota. For example, the use of water to absorb radiation and regolith to absorb heat from re-entry could have dual functions in also supporting living systems that are maintained by novel infrastructures within the interstellar worldship.