Design Futures: A Terrestrial-Lunar Design Aesthetic

Nature as a form of inspiration.

Omari Souza
Assistant Professor
Texas State University

Generally, executed with the goal of economic dominance. Colonialism is the attempt of a nation to increase its influence over other territories through military force. While terrestrial colonialism no longer exists by traditional definitions, the pursuit of economic power has expanded to off-planet destinations. Historically the concept of space travel has been limited to Super Power Nations who have had access to the technological and economic capabilities it required. But recently companies such as Google, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX have played a roll in inspiring private sector ventures into space travel & extended habitation.

For creatives, nature has been a form of inspiration throughout history. Nature has stimulated analogical and metaphorical modes of thinking which expand upon traditional approaches. In the past technological advancements has also caused transformation in the field of  Art and Design. But how will the field be influenced by creatives, when technology separates them from the earth’s biological system?

The goal of this research is to utilize speculative design methods, to explore the potential for future philosophical shifts in the field of design. This speculation will take into account the history of design; it’s influences found in nature, as well as advancements made possible due to the presence of new technology. Teased technological forecasts, as well as post-colonist writings, will be used to theorize the future of a Terrestrial-Lunar Design aesthetic.