Concept | A Place for Space by Tim Ratliff

One of the ideas that attracted us most from our Bring The Future 1: When Up Is Down talk earlier this month was the need for a cultural contribution to the exploration of space, which is typically perceived as a purely scientific, political or military endeavour. 

We see the experience of venturing into orbit as one which effects us all, with the potential to shift our perspective dramatically. A journey worth making for the hidden opportunities it holds, for the benefit of the global imagination.

Inspired by the works of the Arts Catalyst, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Tomás Saraceno, the Kosmica event and many others, we are thinking about what RL-a's contribution could be. We are particularly interested in the idea of place in the context of space travel and the expression of moments, joyful, fearful and life affirming in an architecture without environmental precedent.

Using our sky scraper project as a basis (see recent sky elevator developments here) we will be investigating what a staged journey from planet surface to low orbit could be like seen through the prism of our conceptual 'building'. The structure of which consists of a planetary ring in low orbit with several 'hung' geodesic lattice towers linked to various points at the earths equator. Each 'tower' consists of habitation loosely aligned with the earths atmospheric layers with the orbital ring containing energy plants, transport system and settlements. 

RL-a Orbital Ring

We'll be starting our journey with the Central African base port, Earth Datum.

'Everybody should be in space' 

Nicola Triscot 2015 on the Russian attitude to space

RL-a Orbital Ring - Base Port 1


News Post | Bring The Future by Tim Ratliff

Our series of talks and events on creativity with and within emerging technologies is about to begin with When Up is Down: An introduction to working in Zero G!

On 5th August 2015 Nicola Triscott and Nahum Mantra from The Arts Catalyst will be visiting us at Resort Studios in Margate to discuss the organisations' work at Star City and the pieces that have been produced in reaction to experiencing time without gravity.

We'll be following this up in the evening with the Hello Print Drawing Club, where we'll be inviting everyone to draw using a secret (and extremely low tech) sensory distortion device.

A Little About The Series

We have an optimistic outlook here at RL-a and welcome the strange and the new with open minded enthusiasm, loving nothing more than to dream. However like all good Architects we are also pragmatists, and this leads us to ask how tech developments can be used? What are the benefits? And how do they affect our relationship with our environment?

For us Architecture is all about experience. The emotional and physical journey through our buildings, streets, squares, basements and towers is a journey through countless people's interpretation of our world. What interests us is what happens to that interpretation when unprecedented moments are experienced; what questions can be asked that couldn't be conceived before? The potential for the creation of the previously unimaginable is very exciting to us and we hope you'll join us down by the sea for some good old fashioned future watching.

Our new website! by Tim Ratliff

Our new website We have desperately needed this for over a year and now it is finally here! We are so proud of our new website, a true reflection of where we’ve been and where we are headed with all the important contact and info pages to boot.

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