“Spacecraft Design” competition was to develop one drawing to communicate a conceptual design. Our world is changing fast, while ambitions and challenges match in importance. In this context, design can play a huge role. How do we imagine the world to be? What range of possibilities we haven’t discovered yet? What’s a Non Architecture for a World in crisis? In 2020 we started the second phase of competitions to address the issues of tomorrow.

In line with our style we propose 9+1 themes – ten critical topics to work on, but this time they come with a framework to make sure that each theme is explored from different design angles. Rather than a program, a research ecosystem composed of various competitions running in parallel and exploring the same theme from different perspectives.

The aim of the “Spacecraft Design” competition was to develop one drawing to communicate a conceptual design. The participants were asked to design a vehicle that responds to the requirements of the brief and one axonometric projection to represent it, with absolute freedom of interpretation, technique and level of abstraction. Even the concept of axonometric itself could be questioned in order to craft the most expressive way to represent the design.

Participants of this competition were asked to create a design concept for a space-ship. This time we challenged all designers to imagine and design the shape of a futuristic vehicle for space travel: a Spacecraft. Being the main topic about mobility in space, designers were free to decide if they wanted to focus their proposal exclusively on external design or on the internal design of the vehicle. Presented concepts were free to explore in a critical way the different interpretations of such topics, from practical approaches to more dystopian/utopian scenarios.

Space travel is getting real and in the future will be all about experience. The further we might travel, the longer we will be living a spaceship as an actual domestic space. That calls for some architectural design. What could space transportation of the future look like? What could the complete user experience for space travel be?

Submission could address some of these questions. The proposals submitted could be a device, a space shuttle, a capsule or something completely different. The program dimensions were not given, and they could be arranged by the participants to better suit their design. There was only one fixed parameter: the proposal should provide a means of transportation in space.

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