Out of This World

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Overview

This collaborative book compiles thirty chapters on the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space. Given the highly visual nature of architecture, the book is rich in graphics, including diagrams, design drawings, digital renderings, and photographs of models and of executed and operational designs.

Written by the global network of practicing space architects, the book introduces a wealth of ideas and images explaining how humans live in space now, and how they may do so in the near and distant future. It describes the governing constraints of the hostile space environment, outlines key issues involved in designing orbital and planet-surface architecture, surveys the most advanced space architecture of today, and proposes far-ranging designs for an inspiring future. It also addresses earth-based space architecture: space analogue and mission support facilities, and terrestrial uses of space technology.

In addition to surveying the range of space architecture design, from sleeping quarters to live-in rovers to moon bases and space cities, the book provides valuable archival reference for professionals. Space enthusiasts, architects, students, and aerospace engineers will find it a fascinating read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563479823
  • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 421
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A. Scott Howe, a licensed architect, is a senior systems engineer with the exploration systems concepts group, mission systems concepts section, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He earned Ph.D.s in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering from Hong Kong University and in architecture from the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Urban Planning, an M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Architecture, a Master of Architecture from the University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture, and a B.S. from the University of Utah.

Brent Sherwood, a space architect living in the Los Angeles area, manages strategic planning and project formulation at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He earned an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, after a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and a B.A. from Yale University. He writes and speaks in fields related to the human settlement of space.

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