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    The Implications of Outer Space Tourism

    Over the course of the last year I have investigated the implications of outer space tourism and the notion of designing future architectural habitats can encapsulating those touristic experiences. While the thesis for my bachelor's in architecture is now complete, it is time to re-investigate the products, ideologies and theoretical positions I have created. To begin the thesis began as an investigation of the immediately recognizable opportunities for tourism in outer space. Building on the precedents established by NASA and the developments of new corporations like Virgin Galactic the thesis engaged in developing logics for technological and experiential designs for CIS-Lunar Tourism.

    The components designed are framed through the lenses of traditional notions of tourism, such as the international cruise ship industry, public park designs by Frederick Law Olmsted, and the perceptual-cognitive sciences of Image, Motivation and Value.

    The questions to be answered by the theoretical investigation are as follows;

    • What are the experiences to be had?

    • How can outer space technologies be employed and challenged under the framework of outer space tourism?

    • What are the scales, time frames, capacities and thresholds for inhabitation in CIS-Lunar space, and how does that effect design decisions?

    • What architectural devices can be employed to negotiate the human body in inhospitable environments, and how do we generate an outer space tourism experience through those lenses?

    The Cruise Ship_Traveling Through Space

    The journey of the tourist begins in Low Earth Orbit, after having docked with the proposed cruise vessel. Initial investigations into the intrinsic nature of LEO shaped the construction of the cruise vessel. Physical and periodic conditions of the site such as the 45 min day night cycle, the variable views of the Earth, celestial events, gravity, and life safety were reconciled through the conceptualization of internal designs and body to aperture to external environment fenestrations.

    Below are several images of these conceptualized spaces. Each considers the appropriation of the aforementioned intrinsic values of LEO, as well as notions of tourist expectancies in cruise ship design. Later this week I will continue the narration of this thesis.

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