Recog­nise emerg­ing ideas

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As you sketch you may have a strong idea in your head how the im­age should evolve. But it’s im­por­tant to also be aware of ideas which might be re­vealed un­ex­pect­edly while sketch­ing. This is part of the vis­ual de­vel­op­ment de­sign process that’s of­ten used in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try.

As I worked on the rough sketches for this sur­face struc­ture I was aware that Mars only has about 38 per cent sur­face grav­ity com­pared to Earth, so this opens up the pos­si­bil­ity of de­sign­ing some un­usual ar­chi­tec­tural ideas. I ended up with the bal­loon/tent idea which looked rem­i­nis­cent of an Edi­son screw light-bulb shape, and it was this fi­nal de­tail that in­spired the spi­ral ac­cess ramps at the base of the struc­ture.

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