This site is a blackboard for sketching, drafting, writing and exchanging ideas about the near future of space habitation. It focuses on the emerging orbital settlements - manned or not - and is interested in forecasting their eventual srawl in relation to the global super urbanization. It is clear that the process has started already driven by the technological advancements, and it will be fueled further by the demographic growth and increased burden on the planet. The site welcomes everyone who is interested in imagining the ultimate megabuilding-megacity - The Spacescraper - as a dream or as a nightmare.

Need for Speed

The Spacescraper is a fast building. It travels at a constant speed of 27828 km/h (17291 mph), more than 20 times the speed of sound at sea level. Yet, it does not need to be streamlined or aerodynamic since it moves in vacuum and experiences no drag. Architectural reasoning and form making will have difficulties with this fact. Surprisingly the fashion of replicating steam ships, trains and airplanes will repeat itself at first occasion. The need for “dynamic” and “expressive” architecture seems to be a mysterious cultural constant.

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