The architect Claude Lichtenstein born in was curator at the museum for organization in Zurich from - He is lecturer for architecture, design and environmental design at three Swiss universities of applied science. Globus cassus. Christian Waldvogel. Part flight of fancy, part Star Trek set, part seemingly drug-induced delusion, Globus Cassus is a solution to a world that remains the same size while housing an ever-increasing global population.
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Globus Cassus is an art project and book  by Swiss architect and artist Christian Waldvogel presenting a conceptual transformation of Planet Earth into a much bigger, hollow, artificial world with an ecosphere on its inner surface. Waldvogel described it as an " open source " art project and stated that anyone could contribute designs and narratives to it on the project wiki.
The proposed megastructure would incorporate all of Earth's matter. Sunlight would enter through two large windows, and gravity would be simulated by the centrifugal effect. Humans would live on two vast regions that face each other and that are connected through the empty center. The hydrosphere and atmosphere would be retained on its inside. The ecosphere would be restricted to the equatorial zones, while at the low-gravity tropic zones a thin atmosphere would allow only for plantations.
The polar regions would have neither gravity nor atmosphere and would therefore be used for storage of raw materials and microgravity production processes. Globus Cassus has the form of a compressed geodesic icosahedron with two diagonal openings. Along the edges of the icosahedron run the skeleton beams, the gaps between the beams contain a shell and, where there are windows, inward-curving domes.
Earth's crust , mantle and core are gradually excavated, transported outwards and then transformed to larger strength and reduced density. While the crust is mined from open pits in the continents' centers, magma and the liquid mantle are pumped across transfer hoses. The core is dismantled from the surface. Since the stationary cables would stay clear inside the moon 's trajectory, the construction of Globus Cassus would not alter the Earth-Moon system.
However, on a planetary scale the proportions would be altered, with Globus Cassus being only slightly smaller than Saturn , the Solar System's second-largest planet.
Starting at four precisely defined points in the geostationary orbit , four space elevators are built. The towers contain elevators which are used to transport silicate building material to the construction sites at geostationary orbit. The building material is converted into vacuum-porous aggregate and used to form the skeleton. It is built retaining constant symmetry and balance at every moment and will ultimately span around all sides of the earth.
Then magma is pumped towards the skeleton, where it is used to form thin shells in the skeletal openings. Eight of these openings are fitted with large, inward-curving window domes made out of silicon glass.
Having been used up to a large degree, the Earth has shrunk, the polar ice caps have melted and the Earth's mass and therefore gravity has declined. This leads to the sudden loss of the atmosphere and hydrosphere , which wander outwards towards the new World. Globus Cassus' equator zones are equipped with a system of trenches and moulds that will become rivers , lakes and seas as soon as the water has settled.
The transfer process of atmosphere and hydrosphere is called "The Great Rains". The moment the Great Rains start, the Earth becomes uninhabitable. Along with massive amounts of seed for all existing plants, the regions of high cultural value, that need to be conserved and reapplied on Globus Cassus have been stored in the skeleton nodes which touch the towers.
Humans and animals rise in the towers to await the end of the rains and start settling on the two equator regions. The remaining Earth core is dismantled to build the shells that lie in the pole regions. During this process, the massive heat radiation of the core accelerates plant growth and therefore aids the process of establishing a functioning biosphere. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Transformation of Mercury into a Globus Cassus
Humanity would live on the inside of this gigantic structure. No heavens for the gods, and maybe paradise for man. Some day the people will take their planet's fate into their own hands. The Earth is dismantled to provide building material. This is taken away to create Globus Cassus, a new, much bigger habitat, thought out from scratch. Four satellites orbit at a constant distance above the Earth.
This site has been visited: View Site Stats. Globus Cassus is proposal by Swiss architect and artist Christian Waldvogel presenting a conceptual transformation of Planet Earth into a much bigger, hollow, artificial world with an biosphere on its inner surface. The thickness of the new megastructure shell would be km, and the radius of the new earth would be just a little smaller than the size of Saturn. The plans to do this have already been drawn up and shared with the world. Construction would begin with a set of four space elevator s. These would be used to move building materials up into space, where a frame work would be built in the shape of a huge icosahedron. The core of the planet would be excavated and pumped out to make the walls - 8 of which out of 20 would be big sheets of transparent silicon glass curved so water couldn't collect on them.
Globus Cassus is an art project and book  by Swiss architect and artist Christian Waldvogel presenting a conceptual transformation of Planet Earth into a much bigger, hollow, artificial world with an ecosphere on its inner surface. Waldvogel described it as an " open source " art project and stated that anyone could contribute designs and narratives to it on the project wiki. The proposed megastructure would incorporate all of Earth's matter. Sunlight would enter through two large windows, and gravity would be simulated by the centrifugal effect.