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Moving to Mars

Design for the Red Planet

Justin McGuirk Alex Newson



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Design Museum
06 January 2020
Arrive. Survive. Thrive.

Getting humans to Mars has become one of the great challenges of our time. Mars holds the potential of human settlement, and the promise of life after Earth. Some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, architects and engineers are dedicated to conquering this next frontier.

Moving to Mars: Design for the Red Planet is one of the first books to focus on the crucial role that design will play in this collective endeavour. From the capsules that will need to keep passengers in harmony during their nine-month journey, to the habitats that they will live in, to the terraforming of the landscape to make it life-sustaining, every detail needs to be designed. This task is falling to the traditional space agencies such as NASA, and to private entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson, and to architects such as Norman Foster. As well as technical and practical solutions, this book will examine how design and design thinkers are approaching our move to Mars in unexpected ways.

With striking, rarely-seen imagery and a unique design-led focus, this book will appeal to 'space junkies' and design enthusiasts alike.
By:   Justin McGuirk, Alex Newson
Imprint:   Design Museum
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   840g
ISBN:   9781872005461
ISBN 10:   1872005462
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   06 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Justin McGuirk is Chief Curator at the Design Museum. He was formerly the design columnist for The Guardian and editor of Iconmagazine. He is the author of Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture (2014), and editor of California: Designing Freedom (2017) and Home Futures: Living in Yesterday's Tomorrow (2018). Alex Newson is Senior Curator at the Design Museum and editor of Designer, Maker, User (2016)

Reviews for Moving to Mars: Design for the Red Planet

Moving to Mars: Design for the Red Planet expands the show's Martian scope, revealing mankind's quest to inhabit the red planet as a grandiose, centuries-long exercise of imagination that is now taking shape in design prototypes with proposed target dates in the next few years--or decades, depending on whom you ask.--Jack Crager Common Edge If you can't get to Mars... you can at least buy this book. Flip through concepts and prototypes that imagine how we might get to the red planet, what we'll wear on the way, and how far underground we'll have to build our homes if we expect to keep living.--New York Magazine: Strategist [Moving to Mars: Design for the Red Planet] surveys a century of proposals for resettling adventurers many millions of miles from home.--Eve Kahn New York Times

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