Cinema and science fiction have accustomed us to perceiving space research as something remote. Yet, 50 years after the last human landing on the Moon, a renewed interest in space has driven a group of international partners to return to our satellite through the Artemis program, in November 2022.
Humans are expected to walk on the Moon again by 2025. After that, the Moon will become the most important scientific base of humankind. In all likelihood, the most significant scientific discoveries of the coming decades will take place there.
In this remarkable scenario, architects will play a key role.
For the first time in history, humanity is concretely being called upon to evolve as an interplanetary species. The colonization of any ecosystem or environment needs habitats and identity-giving places: it needs architecture.
For this reason, in collaboration with the European Space Agency's Topical Team on Planetary Caves, the course in Space Architecture was established to train the new pioneers of architecture, designers with a heroic and experimental mission: making human history by writing the future of the first extraterrestrial architectures.
ESA, NASA and SpaceX: specializing in space architecture today means being the first architects to acquire specific skills and a competitive advantage in a disruptive field, which will offer extraordinary opportunities and significant investment in the near future.
15 In person
27.11.2023 - 16.2.20243 days/week
March 2024 - May 2024
2,450 € + VATOnline
7,900 € + VAT *In person
3Full coverage of the enrollment fee for the most outstanding candidates
The new Space raceBusiness models and structures in the new space economy
Space geopoliticsPossible cooperation and balance scenarios
Consequences of Space researchHow satellites influence life on Earth
Habitability in extreme contextsDesign for isolated and confined environments on the Earth and in Space
Space Architecture IHistory and principles of architecture for outer Space
Space Architecture IIConstraints and requirements of Architecture for Space habitat
Space Architecture IIIParametric tools and gamification for Space architecture
Building on Mars and on the MoonTechnologies for the construction of habitats in outer space
Building living structuresBiofabrication strategies for Earth and Space
Planetary geologyThe context of planetary bodies and their caves
Extra-planetary survey and locationThe use of planetary GIS for design and mission planning
Cultivating in extreme environmentsTheory and practice of growing plants without soil
WASP Research Lab (Massa Lombarda)
Aquaponic Design Research Lab (Bologna)
Astronaut's stories: 313 days in Space
Architecture in extreme environments: the Antarctic stations
BIG: on the Moon and on Mars
Moon Village: A new chapter of space exploration
A home on Mars
How to turn sci-fi into reality
Space neuroarchitecture: senses as wellbeing tools
3D printing in Space
The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the European Space Agency's Topical Team on Planetary Caves. Its goal will be to investigate the possibilities of developing analysis and research modules within lunar pits. A result of the collapse of portions of lava tubes underlying the lunar surface, such holes provide access to a vast system of tunnels and galleries that reasonably are the safest context in which to place the first human garrisons in the extraterrestrial environment. In the tunnels of our satellite, the human settlement would be sheltered from the extreme temperature ranges of the surface and from the lethal radiation that – due to the absence of atmosphere - periodically invests the Moon. Here, the first human bases will be able to grow and develop as the foundation of future colonies. Through the workshop, students will have the opportunity not only to grapple with an exciting and visionary topic - constantly monitored by experts in the field - but also to contribute to the theoretical solution of challenges that design in the extraterrestrial sphere will necessarily face.
Students or graduates in Architecture/Design can apply to the course. The commission, based on the assessment of the application, may admit students with different qualifications.
To apply, it is necessary to register online and submit a Curriculum Vitae, a Portfolio, and a Motivational Letter. Moreover, it is necessary to pay the administration fee (60€ + VAT). The best 20 candidates will be admitted to the course according to the rules.
The administration fee payment does not bind the student to purchase the course.
Pubblication of the provisional ranking
Beginning of second-round admissions
Enrollment fee payment deadline for students admitted according to the provisional ranking
Publication of the official ranking (including second-round admitted students)