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Space oddity Self-assembling structures in Outer space


Space oddity Self-assembling structures in Outer space

  • Year2014
  • LocationSpace

Based upon thoughts by Rodney Brooks, Space Oddity conceptualizes and attempts to materialize the notion of selfassemblage and self-organization. The concept allows for a self-containing, self-organising and self-assembling formation to occur.

In this extreme hostile and inaccessible environment the immediate advantages of the system are apparent.

“Easy deployment” Potential of continues expansion/contraction to meet future needs “Malleable structure allowing for continues spatial reconfiguration and self-healing/repair” Min. human labour

The system consists of 3 main entities:

  • Smart Brick:
    Creates a self-organising “skin” that distributes evenly according to neighbouring rules and creates enclosures due to their relation/ threshhold to the “voidmaker”
  • Void Maker
    A self-containing unit carrying all necessary equipment, air supply and unfoldable personal quarters. Self-Organises according to earth orientation and programmatic needs
  • Trash Accumulation
    Due the magnetic properties of the system the idea is to establish an integrated “space-cleaning” entity of the system.

The malleable nature of our structures could have the potential of absorbing space trash and dust. So rather than seeing spacetrash as a problem, the idea is to appropriate the only found onsite material and use it as “mortar” between bricks sealing off the system over time


Team members : Apostolis - Despostolis - Sebastian Andia - Thomas Jensen