SPACE ARCHITECTURE PRODUCES NEW SPACES ON EARTH
LISBON, Portugal. On April 23, 2014, at the center of robotic art Robotarium, created by the Portuguese artist Leonel Moura, will take place the presentation of Pulsar, design and architectural concept by the architect and urban planner Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta. Pulsar is the most recent architectural work of Emanuel Pimenta, who has elaborated experimental designs in several countries over the last thirty-five years. This one implies a new process construction, drawn from space architecture technology – on which Emanuel Pimenta has been a devoted researcher in the last about fifteen years, incorporating movable tensioned structures and new materials like smart fibers, transforming the old concept of walls and ceilings in a kind of intelligent artificial skin.
Pulsar was born as an architectural design for the main building of Manifesto Moda – entity created by Paulo Gomes, Marianela Mirpuri, Vicky Fernandes and Ana Salcedo Guimarães, which aims to be a global hub for smart fabrics applied to various purposes. “This building is not a closed project. It is a kind of open laboratory for ongoing experimentation. The goal is to be built. So it will be a dynamic laboratory that will unite the University of São Paulo and the University of Minho in achieving a new architectural universe”, says Pimenta.
The presentation at Robotarium will include an exhibition of drawings and pictures about the project, a movie, music, short lectures and also the launch of the book Pulsar, also authored by Emanuel Pimenta, worldwide distributed. The book Pulsar, with four hundred pages and about one hundred and fifty illustrations, includes an introduction by Prof. Dr. Bruno Roberto Padovano, Scientific Coordinator of NUTAU, Nucleus for Research in Advanced Technology of Architecture and Urbanism of USP University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, and a foreword by Prof. Dr. Raul Fangueiro, director of the Fibrenamics, research department on nanotechnology and fibers of the University of Minho, in Portugal.
Emanuel Pimenta was the creator in the first years of the 1980s of the concept and method of virtual architecture. Also, in that same period, he was the author of the first virtual world of history, anticipating Second Life in over twenty years, for which he received a major award from AICA, UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1993. Since 2000, Pimenta has been devoted to the study of space architecture. In 2011 he launched Kairos – design for a building in Earth orbit. In 2012 he launched the design of the first orbital Olympic Village and created the first course of spatial architecture of Brazil, one of the first in the world. With dozens of books published, he is member of the New York Academy of Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics among others. In 2014 he founded, together with Leonel Moura, the SA2 Space Art Association. Emanuel Pimenta lives in Switzerland since the early 2000s.