Architects are now involved in designing long-term habitable structures in space, as well as new facilities to aid space exploration on earth, as a new book explains
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. The mystique of Space remains as alluring as ever, as high-profile designers and educators are running design studios drawing upon ever more inventive computational design techniques.
Space Architecture: The New Frontier for Design Research, edited by architect and theorist Neil Leach is the latest title in the prestigious Architectural Design (AD) series. Providing an overview of cutting-edge design research for Outer Space, the book features the most significant current projects underway and highlights key areas of research in Space, such as energy, materials, manufacture and robotics. The first book of its genre to exclusively focus on architectural research, it also looks at how this research and investment in new technologies might transfer to terrestrial design and construction.
Neil Leach is Professor at the European Graduate School, Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD and Tongji University, Adjunct Professor at USC, and a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow. He is currently working on a research project funded by NASA to develop a robotic fabrication technology to print structures on the Moon and Mars.
Founded in 1930, Architectural Design (AD) is an influential and prestigious publication. It combines the currency and topicality of a newsstand journal with the rigour and production qualities of a book. With an almost unrivalled reputation worldwide, it is consistently at the forethought of cultural thought and design.
Each title of AD is edited by an invited guest-editor, who is an international expert in the field. Renowned for being at the leading edge of design and new technologies, AD also covers themes as diverse as architectural history, the environment, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design.
Provocative and inspirational, AD inspires theoretical, creative and technical innovations as well as the far-reaching social, cultural and environmental challenges that present themselves today.
AD is available bi-monthly in print as an individual issue or book, on subscription (print and electronic), in ebook format for tablets and via the AD App.
Architectural Design (AD) has a long tradition of publishing on Space Architecture, having published Space Architecture; Architectural Design, 1967 and Space Architecture, Architectural Design 2000. Space Architecture, The New Frontier for Design Research is the first title to focus exclusively on architectural research.
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