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Space Architecture: The New Frontier for Design Research




Space Architecture: The New Frontier for Design Research

Neil Leach (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66330-1 November 2014 136 Pages


Forty years on from the first moon landing, architecture in Space is entering a new era. Over the last decade, there has been a fundamental shift in the Space industry from short-term pioneering expeditions to long-term planning for colonisation, and new ventures such as Space tourism. Architects are now involved in designing the interiors of long-term habitable structures in Space, such as the International Space Station, researching advanced robotic fabrication technologies for building structures on the Moon and Mars, envisioning new 'space yachts' for the super-rich, and building new facilities, such as the Virgin Galactic 'Spaceport America' in New Mexico designed by Foster + Partners. Meanwhile the mystique of Space remains as alluring as ever, as high-profile designers and educators – such as Greg Lynn – are running designs studios drawing upon ever more inventive computational design techniques. This issue of AD features the most significant current projects underway and highlights key areas of research in Space, such as energy, materials, manufacture and robotics. It also looks at how this research and investment in new technologies might transfer to terrestrial design and construction.

Space architects: Constance Adams, Marc Cohen, Ondrej Doule, Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Scott Howe, Brent Sherwood, Madhu Thangavelu, Andreas Vogler, Robert Zubrin.

Architects: Bevk Perovic Arhitekti, Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, Foster + Partners, Neil Leach, Greg Lynn, OFIS architects, SADAR + VUGA.

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Neil Leach

Space Architecture: Th e New Frontier for Design Research
Neil Leach

16 What Next for Human Space Flight?
Brent Sherwood

20 Planet Moon: Th e Future of Astronaut Activity and Settlement
Madhu Thangavelu

30 MoonCapital: Life on the Moon 100 Years After Apollo
Andreas Vogler

36 Architecture For Other Planets
A Scott Howe

40 Buzz Aldrin: Mission to Mars
Neil Leach

46 Colonising the Red Planet: Humans to Mars in Our Time
Robert Zubrin

54 Terrestrial Space Architecture
Neil Leach

64 Space Tourism: Waiting for Ignition
Ondøej Doule

70 Alpha: From the International Style to the International Space Station
Constance Adams and Rod Jones

78 Being a Space Architect: Astrotecture™ Projects for NASA
Marc M Cohen

82 Outside the Terrestrial Sphere Greg Lynn FORM: N.O.A.H. (New Outer Atmospheric Habitat) and New City
Greg Lynn

90 Ground Control: Space Architecture as Defined by Variable Gravity
Ondøej Doule

96 Projecting Into Space: International Student Projects
Neil Leach

108 3D Printing in Space
Neil Leach

114 Astronauts Orbiting on Their Stomachs: The Need to Design for the Consumption and Production of Food in Space
Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger

118 Brave New Worlds: Reaching Towards a New Era of Space Architecture
Larry Bell

122 Terrestrial Feedback: Reflections on the Space Industry
Neil Leach

128 COUNTERPOINT Space is an Ecology for Living In
Rachel Armstrong