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Space Architecture

Hosted by architect and technologist Xavier De Kestelier, this discussion will speculate on the future of architecture beyond planet Earth.

What to expect

Space architecture conjures up images of gleaming white spaces with brushed aluminium details, endless corridors with automatic sliding doors and astronauts in uniforms operating curved see-through touch screens.

But the reality of living and travelling in space, is quite the opposite: cramped spaces, cluttered walls full of equipment and astronauts in shorts and polo shirts operating standard laptops.

Is there a different vision for space architecture? To investigate this, we bring together a panel of architects and anthropologists to reflect on advancements in space architecture today and discuss expanded and enduring designs for an inspiring future.

Mars habitat by HASSELL in partnership with Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC). Part of NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

Booking information

Members: £5
Adult: £12
Student/concession: £8

Please note the event is now fully booked.


Xavier De Kestelier

Xavier De Kestelier is an architect and technologist with a passion for human space exploration. He is the Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL studio. He believes that architects have a crucial role to play in the design of any future settlements on Mars or the moon and has worked on space habitat projects with both ESA and NASA.

David Nixon

David Nixon is an architect who has specialized in the space field for 35 years in the USA and Europe. His work has covered the design of habitation modules, launch facilities, testing laboratories and spaceflight experiments. He is author of the book 'International Space Station - Architecture Beyond Earth'.

Anna Talvi

Anna Talvi is a microgravity-wear designer working on how to keep astronauts fit and healthy when they are living in space for longer periods of time. Her work is a symbiosis of design, biomedical engineering and material science to tailor better spacesuits and microgravity wear for the astronauts.

Melodie Yashar

Melodie Yashar is a design architect, technologist, and researcher. She is a co-founder of Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+), a practice developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration, and a human factors researcher within the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames.

Ali Massey

Ali Massey is Deputy Station Operations Manager for the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera research station. Managing resources, logistics and operations for year round science and support. In 2006, Ali spent 30 continuous months living and working in Antarctica as a marine scientist.

Dr David Jeevendrampillai

Dr David Jeevendrampillai (NTNU, UCL) is an Anthropologist researching issues of place, territory and belonging with interest in the International Space Station. His wider interests include the anthropology of the future, technology and modernity, the politics of knowing place and emergent notions of humanity and being human

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Background image | Mars habitat by HASSELL in partnership with Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC). Part of NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge