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In the 1970′s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. (More images and higher resolutions are available from here).
Originally posted by roughycannon
From the 70's?
They look like modern designs pretty cool.
That said I don't think we are at the point of no return.
I think the designs say more about the philosophy and psychology of the designers than they do about the future of manned space habitation.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
reply to post by Blue Shift
To each their own, but I bet there are plenty of folks who would enjoy such an environment. I hope the gritty urban life is left here on Earth, but at the same time, it may be a natural attribute of humanity, and who knows we may even see some graffiti art up there some day. S'all good I reckon, still, the art looks applicable to me in any timeframe, but then again, the 70's was my favorite decade!