A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship

Rachel Armstrong, Ed.

STAR ARK: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship is an anthology that examines the Interstellar Question - i.e. the idea that we may one day settle distant planets. Taking a multidisciplinary and cultural view of the challenge, the book proposes a form of catalysis by which an interstellar culture may be seeded (it is, in other words, emphatically not a technical manual seeking to offer formal solutions to particular problems). To address such ambitions, the book has been divided into two main sections - Part I and II - in which different writing conventions have been deployed.

Part 1, written by Rachel Armstrong, proposes a new age of space exploration based on an ecological perspective of the cosmos for inhabiting starships and, ultimately, new worlds. Drawing on her leadership of the Persephone Project, this section adopts an inclusive approach to constructing a livable and self-sustaining starship. A series of Earth-bound experiments are detailed through a wide range of laboratory types that inform us about how we live with and design ecosystems on this planet - and beyond.

Part II, which is edited by Rachel Armstrong, introduces other voices to explore the Interstellar Question: Andreas C. Tziolas, Nathan Morrison, Esther M. Armstrong, Michael N. Mautner, Simon F. Park, Barbara Imhof, Peter Weiss, Angelo Vermeulen, Emma Flynn, Richard Hyams, Christian Kerrigan, Max Rengifo, Susmita Mohanty, Sue Fairburn, Kevin Warwick, Arne Hendriks, Sarah Jane Pell, Steve Fuller, Roberto Chiotti, Krists Ernstsons, Jordan Geiger, Mark Morris and Rolf Hughes. The book may resemble a Tower of Babel for the space age - this being a deliberate design choice that invites us to confront our diversity and potentially resynthesize some of our most deeply held preconceptions about what it means to inhabit other worlds and how to better live upon Earth.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

PART I An Ecological View of the Interstellar Question

1. The Interstellar Question: an ecological view by Rachel Armstrong
2. Architecture and space exploration by Rachel Armstrong
3. Sustainability and interstellar infrastructure by Rachel Armstrong
4. An ecological approach to interstellar exploration by Rachel Armstrong
5. Experimental architecture: on-world and off-world exploration of possibilities by Rachel Armstrong
6. Building a worldship interior by Rachel Armstrong
7. Designing and engineering the infrastructures for life by Rachel Armstrong
8. Choreography of embodiment by Rachel Armstrong
9. Constructing lifestyles by Rachel Armstrong

PART II Anthology of Interstellar Culture
  1. The interstellar mission
    Andreas C. Tziolas, Nathan Morrison, Esther M. Armstrong
  2. Space ecology
    Michael N. Mautner, Simon Park
  3. Space architectures
    Barbara Imhof, Peter Weiss, Angelo Vermeulen, Emma Flynn, Richard Hyams, Christian Kerrigan, Max Rengifo, Susmita Mohanty and Sue Fairburn
  4. Space bodies
    Kevin Warwick, Arne Hendriks, Rachel Armstrong, Sarah Jane Pell
  5. Connecting with the divine and the sacred, and becoming cosmically conscious
    Steve Fuller, Roberto Chiotti, Krists Ernstsons
  6. Constructing worlds
    Jordan Geiger, Mark Morris
  7. Interstellar research methodologies
    Rolf Hughes, Rachel Armstrong

Extent: 492 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-31040-4

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