FALL SEMESTER 2012 TO NASA’s SPACE CENTER

This semester our Extreme Environment Master course is reaching for the skies and beyond. In a time and age where science and technology inform both space missions as well as architectural constructions on earth, one wonders what the role of the architect is or should be, in both territories. For this Fall semester, we will focus on space, an exo-landscape which is as young as it is challenging, rich in potential and limited by the harshest of environments.

We will develop a critical perspective of the traditional typologies used so far, to be able to respond to a future of ambitions. The course will engage architectural design with existing and real scenarios suggested by NASA experts, whether in orbit or in micro gravity environments. The aim, as well as NASA’s interest in the course, is not to turn the student into a space engineer, but quite the opposite, to engage the students into opening up for visions and alternatives to the existing proposals.

The course will travel NASA’s Johnson Space Center , to get first hand experiences from experts and engage in a 3 week workshop.

We firmly believe that an interdisciplinary approach to architecture can enrich the possibilities of dealing with the challenges of our world today, and that engaging with extreme environments can create a more resilient and sustainable architecture, as well as a platform for discussion on our role in an ever changing landscape.

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