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N E W S L E T T E R
Angelo Vermeulen
December 2014
CREATING WITH COMMUNITIES
Best wishes for 2015
In this annual period of celebration, family, love and caring we would like to let our community know how much they mean to us. We had a beautiful and inspiring 2014, and met great people all over the world. Without all of you, we simply wouldn't be able to realize all these projects. Thank you, and let's join forces for an even crazier 2015! Below image is a new render created by Igor Krizanovskij for Seeker [LJ4].
WHAT WILL WE EAT ON MARS?
TED Ideas Blog
Last November, TED Ideas Blog published a fascinating article that reflects on the history, evolution, and future of space food, and asked the opinion of several experts and researchers in the field. Angelo talks about his experiences during the HI-SEAS 1 mission, and what he thinks is important for the future of food in space.
"During our mission we always cooked with two people, and this had an interesting psychological benefit. When people are in the kitchen cooking, they are also talking. It’s a good way to keep the communication lines open. It’s also a really good outlet for creativity – something you really crave for when you’re locked up in a small space. And then when the food is served, you’re actually proud of what you made and you’re serving it to your colleagues. It generates more social cohesion," says Vermeulen.
"So it’s a trade-off. Do you want your crew to be super-efficient and just heat something up in a couple of seconds and then continue working, but over the long term suffer from psychological consequences? Or do you give the crew time to make sure that the appreciation of food and the social and psychological benefits are maximized? I think for a future long-term stay on a surface, it’s probably going to be a combination of both. Some days you’ll just want to keep working, and then other days you’ll really enjoy having an original meal." Read more
WORKSHOP AND KEYNOTE
Autodesk University 2014
During Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas Angelo gave a Seeker workshop. A space station module mockup was hacked and transformed together with high school students from the i.am.ANGEL Foundation in Los Angeles and conference visitors. The station's architecture was extended using surplus materials from the conference such as wooden pallets, cardboard tubes and plastic sheeting.
Upcycled computers were installed and connected with a miniature ecosystem of air-purifying plants. Using the principles of the Biomodd projects, heat from the computer electronics was used to increase the temperature of a prototype greenhouse. The walls and sides of the station were used by workshop participants and visitors to draw sketches and share ideas.
During his keynote, Angelo outlined his current PhD research on starship design at TU Delft. He also elaborated on his bottom-up design strategies, and shared valuable lessons learned from the Seeker workshop at AU 2014.
 
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