Good ideas are parts; pieces of construction elements that may be added together to form something new. Whenever individuals excel at building something new, with innovative designs unknown before, besides creating something people will use and others imitate, they have made a part that may be synthetically combined with other good existing ideas to construct something entirely new.
Without the presence of good ideas contributed to common knowledge by others it would be pretty difficult to originate all of those ideas for-oneself and put together new concepts that may be actualized and potentially become facts in real construction. Skydiving is a greatly innovative and excellent thing for example yet it would not have risen to its heights without the prior invention of balloons and airplanes. Cliff jumping might not have had as great a utility as aircraft jumps.
The construction of building in space; in micro-gravity, is obviously a field with tremendous potential for good ideas to arise in. With so many different gravitational field strengths and light content varying in space and time the number of different kinds of structures and materials that could be used to fulfill designs is very large. Interestingly many or most of the good ideas and designs will never be actualized in the lifetimes of the designers presently working for there is far too little construction ability in relation to the quantity of ideas already existing.
The sun for example may be used as a de facto blast furnace for metallurgical manufacture. Minerals extracted far out in the solar system may be sent in with gravity to facilities located near the sun. Sunlight may be collected close in, converted to electricity and exploited to power lasers or particle beams to react with the cargo carrier space transit modules to move finished products to the outer solar system. Various local gravity fields of moons and planets may be used to shape construction grains dispersed upward into a field that will collapse downward in the g field to form perfect parabolic shapes and freeze or dry into those configurations. Vast building components could be assembled exploiting natural forces.
It is said that aluminum naturally fuses in micro gravity. One might be able to spray aluminum grains onto screens in micro-gravity to fuse solid as if it were gunnite concrete sprayed on to form Earth domes. Plainly the manufacture of spherical structures in space should be as simple and natural as nature’s siliceous tests from plankton that built up the cliffs of Dover. Sunlight collected, concentrated and focused as particle beams and/or lasers should be reflected and amplified to power a solar system-wide grid for space module ships to draw power from. Mass drivers located on low-gravity moons without much atmosphere could send space ship modules on their way to a space transport network power grid.
Dyson spheres wherein one surrounds a star with the ground up matter of a solar system’s planets at an optimal distance for the normal gravitational and heating standard of the parent planet of local stars or more. Freeman Dyson’s idea was very far ahead of its time of creation and may be combined with other good ideas to make something new and presently unknown. It would be interesting if gravity becomes more understood, to exploit gravitational fields for kedging spaceships around local star groups at relativistic speeds. One wonders if concentrating mass at relativistic speeds might be useful for advanced construction procedures if the accelerated mass could be locked in to place perhaps with juxtaposed or intersecting, focused gravitational fields.
One might design electromagnetic fields empowered with energy from the sun converted and reconverted from photons to electrons to laser beams back to electrons and electromagnetic fields. Fields generated on moons could be used to backstop oppositely charged electro-magnetic fields in space that are shaped and sequentially switched on to acellerate mass ships and modules to relativistic speeds on set course making Pluto two months away from the inner solar system. Shaped magnetic fields with select activation could be routinely used for constructing modules in micro-gravity. There are unlimited possible invention ideas waiting to be syntheticly recomnined from existing ideas and technology.
On Earth one might design hollow mountain ranges for buildings for people to live within and double the potential useful area per construction unit because the exterior of the structures could be used as well as the interiors. Plants and wildlife could use the exteriors as well as agriculture (the hanging gardens of Babylon may have been agricultural as well as decorative with ornamental, flowering plants). One concept interesting to me was the idea of using water from rain and snow (or sandstorms and dust or sand) that settled on exterior surfaces to generate electricity that could be used multiple times with catch and release to turn generators. For example; the initial deposit would build up on a collecting/concentrating surface that could sink under the weight and crank up a spring that would release upward when the water or sand was released. That would allow the spring to power a generator as it rose. The water could be spilled from the spring through a turbine downhill powering a generator producing the second round of power and that process could be repeated. The exterior surface of a rightly designed mountain (I traveled through the ersatz Matterhorn at a theme park Disneyland or something at the 1960 world Fair in N.Y. or elsewhere and that suggested the idea to me later of building vast artificial mountains that would be constructed with steel beams etc later) could produce electricity from alternative sources including wind, solar and water or dust and sand). Could produce power, grow food and shelter tens of thousands of people while not displacing the ecosphere if location selections are well chosen.
Good ideas are abstract parts or elements that may be recombined in new structures (ideas).