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From Life to Life Support: Ecotechnological Futures in Space
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0866-0487
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the Environmental Era of the 1960s and 1970s, visions of ecologically balanced worlds stimulated high hopes. Systems stability and equilibrium became key concepts. Particularly prominent was the vision of creating closed self-sustained ecological life support systems. The space capsule provided the blueprint to experiment with materially closed cycles. The paper will explore how at the intersection of space research and ecology “life” was transformed to “survival” based on “life support”. Holistic and selective views on life support systems will be discussed that merged sufficiency and efficiency solutions to environmental sustainability. The paper argues that the minimalist principle of survival collapsed images of recreation and creation, of paradisiacal pasts and ecotechnological futures.

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Environmental Era, life, life support, survival
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157508OAI: diva2:770283
Symposium "Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene", EHL Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, December 2-4.

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Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-10 Last updated: 2015-04-16Bibliographically approved

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