Moving to Mars
Design for the Red Planet
Published by The Design Museum.
Edited by Andrew Nahum, Justin McGuirk, Eleanor Watson. Foreword by Deyan Sudjic. Text by Mike Ashley, Stephen Petranek, Fred Scharmen, Lydia Kallipoliti, Daisy Ginsberg, Kim Stanley Robinson.
Designing humanity’s future on the Red Planet: the clothes, cutlery and habitats of everyday life on another world
Moving to Mars is the first book ever to thoroughly explore the crucial role that design will play in the collective endeavor to travel to and inhabit Mars.
A comprehensive overview of both past and current developments in space travel and colonization, it begins with the evolution of the space suit and rocket technology; it then proceeds to explore a wide range of fascinating and never-before-seen projects on Mars-specific habitations, covering everything from space-ready cutlery to clothes, furniture and speculative habitats.
Illustrated with color images of rarely seen drawings, concepts and prototypes, plus newly commissioned essays by the designers, artists and scientists who are charting the path forward to Mars, this book literally reveals a whole new future for humankind, fleshing out a vision of an everyday reality on another planet.
Justin McGuirk is chief curator at the Design Museum. He has been the design critic of the Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the Head of Design Curating and Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven. He is the author of Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture (2014), and co-editor of Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World (2016), California: Designing Freedom (2017) and Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow (2018).
Andrew Nahum is a curator and author on the history of technology and design. He has created numerous exhibitions at the Science Museum and recently curated the acclaimed Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum (2017–2018). His books include Fifty Cars That Changed the World, (2009, 2017), Alec Issigonis and the Mini (2004), Frank Whittle: Invention of the Jet (2017) and Ferrari: Under the Skin (2017).Eleanor Watson is assistant curator at the Design Museum. Her previous exhibitions include Beazley Designs of the Year (2017 and 2018) and Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda Revolution (2017). Eleanor is responsible for the museum’s program of free public displays, including the first retrospective of UK architect Peter Barber, ‘100 Mile City and Other Stories’. Outside of her work at the museum, she is acting as curator of the 2019 edition of Global Grad Show.
Mike Ashley has been researching and writing about science fiction and fantasy for over fifty years and has compiled over a hundred books including The Age of the Storytellers (2006), Out of This World (1989) and the multi-volume History of the Science Fiction Magazine (1974). He was awarded the Pilgrim Award for Lifetime Achievement in science fiction research in 2002.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a multidisciplinary artist examining human relationships with nature and technology. She is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (2014). Better, her PhD from the Royal College of Art, interrogated how powerful dreams of ‘better’ futures shape the things we design.
Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar living in New York. She is assistant professor at the Cooper Union, founder of ANAcycle think tank and author of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (2018). She holds a SMArchS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University.
Stephen L Petranek is the author of How We Will Live on Mars (2015). He has spoken on the TED conference main stage three times, and his TED talk about Mars has been watched nearly five million times. He is co-executive producer of National Geographic’s Mars documentary series. He was previously editor-in-chief of Discover and The Washington Post Magazine and editor for science at Life Magazine.
Kim Stanley Robinson is an acclaimed writer of science fiction who has written more than twenty novels including the bestselling Mars trilogy Red Mars (1992), Green Mars (1993) and Blue Mars (1996). He has won every major award for science fiction writing including the Nebula, Hugo, Asimov, John W. Campbell Memorial, Locus and World Fantasy Awards.
Fred Scharmen teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University. He is the co-founder of the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, an art and design consultancy based in Baltimore. His first book, Space Settlements–on NASA’s 1970s proposal to construct large cities in space for millions of people–was published in 2019.
Anna Talvi graduated from the Royal College of Art, School of Design in 2018. Her development of next-generation spacesuits is informed by symbiotic research across sartorial design, smart materials and biomedical engineering.