Spaceship Designer: Constance Adams | Best Job Ever

Spaceship Designer: Constance Adams | Best Job Ever


my father was a history professor so I grew up going to all these famous sites like Troy and Mycenae and he would stand me there and say what do you see what do you think you know and he wouldn’t tell me what to think he would he would ask me what I thought which which I think is a really great way of teaching kids [Music] my name is Constance Adams I’m a space architect I love architecture because it involves thinking about everything like a 250-mile view looking at a whole planet in fact looking looking beyond the earth what we’re doing in terms of our capability of leaving the planet it’s hugely important in the historical record it’s an enormous thing I love doing it plus it’s really hard which is great makes it fun to solve the puzzle my work is helping people to maybe colonize more than one planet it’s certainly in learning how to live in a closed-loop system like even just the space station on orbit we are in fact learning what kinds of materials are and are not good for use on earth one of the biggest problems that we face it’s a big big planet so we don’t really see the impact when we’re sitting here or in our home we don’t see the the Great Pacific plastic islands you know we don’t see the places where things are where the coral reefs are are bleaching out and we don’t really feel the relationship between something we’ve personally done and what’s going wrong but designing for space station you know it’s like a whole planet that’s just the size of a couple of rooms and so if we have one thing going on that doesn’t work with the rest of the system and is not compatible with life as we know it well we learn that pretty quickly so it’s an opportunity not just to position humankind for a greater reality but also to help us learn to live better with our own planet our mothership just imagine if you made everyone dispose of their own trash on their own property for six weeks right not like you know take their own trash to the dump but deal with their own trash it would dramatically change their shopping habits it would change their approach to everything that they bring in so imagine that your home is a closed loop system you start thinking about everything a little bit differently what gives me hope is is when kids that I work with say something so smart about how you need to help we need to do things differently or better or why do they do things this way and I think yes exactly just not like you know space architecture famous or anything but every now and then you know someone will say oh yes I’ll get a I’ll get an article or a thesis that somebody’s writing or a project that they’re working on and say oh you inspired me so much with your paper about this or your talk about that and I think you know wow that’s that’s really great I mean any anyone who can inspire someone else to explore new ideas that’s a really something to be proud of [Music]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *