Viewing Architectural Design as an Impetus to Spur Outer Space Development

By Tracy S. Harris and Edythe E. Weeks.

Published by The Design Collection

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The international space station has been deemed a success by space scientists, engineers, policymakers, elected officials, and others knowledgeable about outer space activities. After more than 10 years of experiments, humankind now possesses sufficient knowledge about sustaining human life in outer space. Thus, decisions have been made recently to take the next steps to develop the final frontier. Attracting innovative talent from all disciplines will be crucial for the successful development of outer space. This paper will provide research highlighting space laws and space policies which have initiated economic incentives for the newly emerging industries including space tourism, private spaceship development, commercial spaceports, space mining and orbital and other space hotels. This paper suggests that architectural design can serve as a creative impetus for outer space development. Challenges and opportunities for teaching online and virtual outer space development and space law courses to architectural design students will be discussed.

Keywords: Architecture, Outer Space Development, Future Cities, Space Law, Teaching Online

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.127-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.247MB).

Tracy S. Harris

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration, Executive, American Institute of Architects, USA

Tracy S. Harris serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration at the American Institute of Architects, and has over 20 years of career experience in finance, economic development and international development. Ms. Harris holds an MBA in Finance, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Harris was selected as the 2010 Ralph and Janice James Fellow at the Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

Dr. Edythe E. Weeks

Adjunct Professor, History, Politics and International Relations, Webster University Worldwide, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Dr. Weeks teaches courses on Space Law online to students in various countries, via Webster University’s online M.A. in International Relations program. Weeks has presented papers on a variety of topics to experts within the space community. Weeks has published several papers in the Colloquium Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law, as well as with the American Institute on Aeronautics and Astronautics. Her research and dissertation entitled “The Politics of Space Law in a Post Cold War Era: Understanding International Regime Change”, helped to prompt the issuance of an important policy statement clarifying whether or not private property rights are permitted regarding outer space resources.

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