by Apostolos Despotidis, Rodrigo Chain, Sebastian Andia, Thomas T. Jensen
After a period of general silence related to space research, and with increasing interest in space tourism we see an opportunity for a new interpretation of materiality and spatiality within this exciting environment. Therefore, outer space has been our medium to rethink architectural organisation and materiality. In this volatile and hostile environment, movement and adaptability is of the essence. The idea of a constantly reconfigurable formation has become a question of reorganising matter through time. This makes the traditional three-dimensional and static space of architecture obsolete.
Aiming to dismiss the idea of the ‘space can’ as the common model for space architecture, our main objective is to rethink technology and the concept of the prototype. Therefore our architectural proposal deals with the physics and parameters of space while also performing on Earth. Realising the difficulties inherent in this proposition the Space Oddity project will focus on two areas – organisational behaviour and material behaviour.
Organisational behaviour will investigate the notion of a bottom-up system arguing the assemblage and reconfiguration between one and more parts pushing a self-organisational prototype.
Material behaviour will explore the possibilities of rearranging matter through implicit forces. As such, the focus will be on a behaviour embedded in matter that will allow for a constant reconfiguration of a global formation.