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From the very first seed settlements, acrylic will feature in many ways in the aesthetics of Aquarian colonies, most prominently in the construction of large public aquariums, water gardens, and water sculptures. As the colonies grow in scale, so too will the scale of such structures, ultimately rivaling such structures as the Berlin AquaDom and many of the world’s largest public aquariums. These will be the second gardens of Aquarius, eventually extending beyond the confines of free-standing enclosures to include vast synthetic reefs constructed in colony recreational bays and experienced through complexes of underwater habitats and walking trails constructed from elaborate and sculptural acrylic hull structures with interior fixtures and furnishings supported by internal space frame structures.

To cost-effectively construct such elaborate structures the engineers of Aquarius colonies will need to become versed in the technology of large area cast acrylic structures, the creation of acrylic structures by precision-casting large segments of a structures which is then assembled into a larger whole by in-situ casting of seamless and invisible joins. The full architectural and artistic potential of such technology remains unexplored today, due largely to very high costs and scarce skill pools. But such skill will have uses far beyond the aesthetic. Mastering this technology will give Aquarian communities an option to become a major developer of manned submersibles and will be put to good use in the creation of window structures for space habitats.

Long-term, acrylic is likely to be superseded by superior materials such as transparent alloys and diamondoid materials. Design and engineering techniques cultivated for the creation of large acryclic structures will find new use with these new materials, producing similar structures of vastly greater scale and new applications such as transparent high performance submersible, aircraft, and spacecraft hulls, vehicle bodies, and transparent shell architecture. As newer fabrication techniques enable increased use of organic design in the architecture of colonies, more and larger transparent and translucent structures may be integrates into them to enhance their already organismic character, resulting in radical luminescent forms we can only imagine today.

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d v e AQUARIUS
Phases Foundation Aquarius Bifrost Asgard Avalon Elysium Solaria Galactia
Cultural Evolution Transhumanism  •  Economics, Justice, and Government  •  Key Disruptive Technologies
References
Life In Aquarius
Seed Settlement Design Utilihab ComplexResort Prefab ComplexContainer Mod ComplexCommercial Frame ComplexCommercial Concrete ComplexOrganic/Ferro-cement Complex
Intermediate Stages
Colony Design Concepts Tectonic ColonyOrganic Hybrid ColonySea Foam ColonySubmarine Habitats
Mariculture and Farming
Polyspecies MaricultureFree-Range Fish FarmingAlgeacultureTerra PretaCold-Bed AgricultureHydroponicsSmall Space Animal Husbandry
Aquarian Transportation
Solar FerrySolar Wingsail CruiserEcoCruiserRelay ArchipelagoWingshipEcoJetAquarian AirshipPersonal Rapid TransitPersonal Packet TransitAquarian SE DownstationCircum-Equatorial Transit Network
Aquarius Supporting Technologies
OTECPneumatically Stabilized PlatformsSeaFoamAquarian Digital InfrastructureVersaBotCold Water Radiant CoolingLarge Area Cast Acrylic StructuresTidal/Wave/Current SystemsAlgae-Based Biofuel SystemsVanadium Redox SystemsHydride Storage SystemsNext-Generation Hydrogen StorageAlternative Hydrolizer SystemsSupercritical Water OxidationPlasma Waste Conversion

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