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Wishing you a fantastic slide in 2016!  

Best wishes from Barbara Imhof, Waltraut Hoheneder, René Waclavicek,
Molly Hogle, Stephen Ransom, Bob Davenport and Chris Gilbert!



January 2016 

Released NOVEMBER 2015


Built to Grow – Blending Architecture and Biology

Eds. Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber
Foreword by Rachel Armstrong

Birkhäuser, Edition: ‘Angewandte
video link > Inside the book Built To Grow

The book explores different pathways of experimenting with biology and architecture in the new field of Living Architecture. It takes architectural visions of a self-growing house and looks at growth patterns and dynamics from nature to apply them to architectural visions.

The book presents ideas, approaches and concepts for grown structures developed by an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, art, biology, robotics and mechatronics. The core part of the book establishes the relevance of the two and a half year artistic research work conducted under the project name GrAB – Growing As Building. This includes hands-on experiments in a biolab with biological role models such as the pathfinding slime mould, mycelium structures and metabolic systems around a novel 3D mobile printer. Excerpts from conversations with different experts about agency, emergence and resilience, and a discussion about the immanent values and ethical aspects of this research are reflected to contextualise the work within our world of change.

KICK-OFF meeting and project start November 2015


Sintering Regolith with Solar Light

Credit: rendering René Waclavicek

RegoLight looks to further develop existing 3D printing technologies and methodologies for the purpose of ‘sintering’ and ‘shaping’ lunar regolith (loose layer of dust, soil and broken rocks on the Moon surface) using the sun as an infinite source of energy; for the purpose of fabricating buildings elements for use in future lunar missions.
The RegoLight team comprised of architects, engineers, systems designers, and scientists seeks to approach the problem of solar sintering on the lunar surface, simultaneously from both sides of the spectrum; addressing on one end the ‘big picture’ based on mission scenario design and applications seen from the larger perspective of mission plans and exploration strategies; and on the other end, the ‘bottom up’ approach which builds small-scale ‘detailed’ building components with respect to the physical properties of the granular regolith dust and the additive manufacturing methodology. 
The RegoLight project started with a ‘kick-off’ Symposium 19-20 November at the DRL Campus in Cologne. Keynote speakers included Haym Benaroya of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University and Phil Metzger of the University of Central Florida. From ESA’s European Astronaut Centre - Frank de Winne gave the opening remarks to the symposium and Leo Teeney spoke about the development of future exploration technologies. 
RegoLight is a 2-year project and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.  The project started November 2015 and will conclude November 2017.

Consortium members:
German Aerospace Centre, DLR, Germany
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Compagnie Maritime D Expertises SA (COMEX), France
Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT GmbH, Austria

recent highlights

CONCLUDED December 2015

Project SHEE concluded this December! The consortium met mid-December at ISU (International Space University) in Strasbourg, France for the final demonstration of the autonomously deployable habitat. Press agencies from various European countries were there to document the unveiling of the very first European simulation habitat!
Photos: SHEE Consortium 2015; top: SHEE team in front of the habitat, below: Barnaby Osborne, project coordinator shows 3 astronauts SHEE: Bob Thirsk (CAN), Reinhold Ewald (GER) and Jean-Jacques Favier (F)

Consortium members:
International Space University, France
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia
Compagnie Maritime D'Expertises SA, (COMEX), France
Sobriety s.r.o., Czech Republic
Space Innovations s.r.o. /L.L.C., Czech Republic
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607346.

Trials - Subsea Marseilles - September 2015


Project MOONWALK received an incredible amount of press this past September when test-dives were conducted for MOONWALK’s new EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suits. The underwater test campaign at COMEX (Marseilles, France) measured the effectiveness of the new human-robot communication system and astronaut suit developed by the MOONWALK consortium.
Photos: AFP
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607346.
Project partners:
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
Compagnie Maritime D'Expertises SA, (COMEX), France
AIRBUS Group Innovations, United Kingdom
LIQUIFER Systems Group GmbH, Austria
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
NTNU Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space, Norway
Institito Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (INTA) – Centro de Astrobiological (INTA-CSIC), Spain

The LIQUIFER team wishes you a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

from left to right: René Waclavicek, Josh Nelson (ISU), Stephen Ransom, Waltraut Hoheneder, Bob Davenport, Barbara Imhof, Priit Kull (University of Tartu), Molly Hogle.
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