Space Station Architecture Exhibition



The Station’s robotic arm in action over South Africa


The International Space Station  (ISS) is the most complex international scientific and engineering project in history, and the largest structure humans have ever put in space.  the ISS flies at 248 miles (400 km) above Earth and circles the globe every 90 minutes.  This flying laboratory travels the distance it takes to fly to the moon and back every day,  it is brighter than the planet Venus, and can be seen from the Earth with the naked eye as a bright light moving across the night sky.

The story of the ISS is the subject of the recent Circa Press publication written by Architect David Nixon, co-founder of Future Systems with Jan Kaplicky, with whom he collaborated for ten years.  After moving to California in the 1980s, David directed a research study for NASA on the design of astronaut quarters through his firm, Altus Associates.  International Space Station: Architecture Beyond Earth is the result of seven years of research on space architecture, and the collaboration between author David Nixon and editor of the book David Jenkins, who had the vision to embark on this fascinating publishing project.  To give you a glimpse of the beautiful imagery inside the book, the RIBA bookshop is currently showing an exhibition of some of the photographs and detail drawings included in this publication.

If you’d like to see the exhibition, pop into the RIBA bookshop from Monday to Friday from 9:30am until 5:30pm or on Saturdays from 10am until 5pm.  Alternatively, if you can’t make it to our bookshop in Portland Place, below is a preview of the exhibition photographed by Maria Babikova.

The book is available for purchase from our website and in our bookshop at 66 Portland Place.

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