“Space Architecture” book by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta


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Space Architecture: Buildings for the Outer Space space architecture book

Authored by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta

In 2012 the architect and urban planner Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta launched the first course of space architecture in Brazil – which was one of the first of the world – at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of USP University of São Paulo, in the city of São Paulo. Emanuel Pimenta, who coined the concept of virtual architecture in the early 1980s, elaborated a method to design buildings in the outer space, which is described in the book. Not only important for space projects, this book contains precious information for architectural design also on planet Earth. It also includes a timeline with the history of space projects since hundreds of years ago. With more than 130 illustrations, the book has a presentation by the famous telematic artist Artur Matuck and an introduction by the architect Bruno Padovano.

About the author:
Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta has been considered an important musician, architect, writer, photographer and intermedia artist in the beginning of the third millennium – according to statements written by personalities like John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Merce Cunningham, René Berger, Daniel Charles, Dove Bradshaw, Phill Niblock or William Anastasi among others. With several international prizes, more than fifty published books, many electronic books and thirty audio compact discs, his works are included in some of the most important art collections and world-wide recognized institutions like the Whitney Museum of New York, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum, the Biennale of Venice, the Computer Art Museum of Seattle, the Kunsthaus of Zurich, the Durini Contemporary Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale of Paris and the MART – Modern Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento among others. His works are also included in the Universalis Encyclopedia (Britannica) since 1991, in the Sloninsky Baker’s Music Dictionary (Berkeley), the Charles Hall’s Chronology of the Western Classical Music, as well as in the All Music Guide – The Expert’s Guide to the Best Cds. Legendary musicians like John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, John Tilbury, Christian Wolff, Maurizio Barbetti, Audrey Riley and the Manhattan Quartet among others have performed his compositions. He collaborated with John Cage, as commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham, from 1985 until his disappearance in 1992. He remained composer for Merce Cunningham along more than twenty years, until Merce Cunningham’s death in 2009. In the beginning of the 1980s, Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept of virtual architecture and designed the first virtual planet in history. He is also founder and director of the Arts, Sciences and Technology Foundation – Observatory, in Trancoso, Portugal (www.asa-art.com/facto.html). He is co-founder and director of the HOLOTOPIA Academy, in the Amalfi Coast, Italy (www.asa-art.com/holotopiaacademy.html). Emanuel Pimenta lives in Locarno, Switzerland – but he is also based in New York and Lisbon. His website is www.emanuelpimenta.net

Publication Date: Sep 10 2013

ISBN/EAN13: 149237895X / 9781492378952

Page Count: 406

Binding Type: US Trade Paper

Trim Size: 8″ x 10″

Language: English

Color: Black and White with Bleed

Related Categories: Architecture / Study & Teaching


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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