SBSP: Space Based Solar Power (CPP)

This is the fifth in a series of Space Architecture related design studios. The focus is to allow architecture students to make contributions to the conceptual design for Space Solar Power habitation. SBSP gathers energy from sunlight in space and transmits it wirelessly to Earth. Space solar power can solve our energy and greenhouse gas emissions problems. Not just help, not just take a step in the right direction, but solve.


Great movie from one of the Projects

The Project has Five Primary Considerations including: The actual trajectory issues (how to get building materials to space), Space Manufacturing (how to fabricate and assemble/construct in space) Human Factors (including ergonomics and programming), Safety (ranging from protection of debris and resource utilization) and Growth (including adaptability and expansion). Of the central issues explored in this studio, we will concentrate on Manufacturing.
The designs will strongly consider real issues of designing in space including safety, gravity, air pressure etc. With this in mind issues of materials, connections and human interactions will be paramount. Interactive issues will be explored focusing on how the structure responds in an adaptable way to automate response to changing circumstances. Precedent in active sustainable terrestrial architecture will be examined.
Biomimetic case studies will be explored as a means to satisfy adaptability in terms of processes, and systems. Central to biomimicry within the context of this studio is an understanding of the PROCESSES by which organisms grow and develop. Biomimetics will be primarily studied as a means to create an architecture that ensures a sensible plan for both adaptability and expanded growth of the system proposed.
Students will explore and demonstrate hyper – efficient architectural design which includes human and environmental interactions, sociology and psychology. Students will work to produce complete designs including the detailed development and a construction/ fabrication concept. Students will develop designs that can demonstrate a mass balance of resources and waste required for accommodating human life in space


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