Designing for life on the Moon and Mars

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07 Dec 2020

Christina Ciardullo and Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman from Space Exploration Architecture talk about human-centred design, the advantages of 3D printing in architecture and how designing for the living on the Moon and Mars can teach us more about how we should be building for Earth

Christina Ciardullo is an Architect with a background in astronomy and philosophy and has held positions at Columbia University’s Space Architecture Lab, the Habitability Design Center at NASA Johnson Space Center.

In terrestrial practice she has worked for the award winning firms of Ennead Architects, and Foster+Partners and worked on sustainable futures with the NYC City Planning Department. She is a recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Institute Fellowship and Anna Kalla Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where she taught interdisciplinary studios designing closed-loop sustainable ecosystems for Mars. She is pursuing a PhD at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture.

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is working at the intersection of design and technology, and is an expert in wearables and smart textiles. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, published by Laurence King Publishers, London.

Rebeccah’s unique vision has been realized internationally; her clients range from start-ups to NASA. She has over 25 years of experience designing performance products for athletes, and has held positions as design director for Fila, Champion and Nike before launching Interwoven Design Group, an interdisciplinary design consulting practice. She is founding director of the Intelligent Materials Applied Research & Innovation Lab (IMARI) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a former research fellow at the T-Lab for Wearable Technology at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

Christina and Rebeccah are working with SEArch+ LLC (Space Exploration Architecture) which develops human supporting design concepts for space exploration.

Continuing a decade-long association with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Human Habitability Division & Langley Research Center, the mission of SEArch+ is to conceive, investigate, and develop innovative 'human-centered' designs enabling human beings not only to live, but to thrive in space environments beyond Earth.

They are working in collaboration with NASA and Austin, Texas-based ICON to create 3D printing construction systems for the Moon and Mars.

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