Celestial Citizen Podcast Ep. #101: Building the Future — A Space Architecture Conversation

Britt Duffy Adkins
2 min readFeb 25, 2021

Have you ever wondered about how humans might live and work someday on the Moon, or what the field of space architecture is all about?

In this episode, I have the opportunity to talk with Madhu Thangavelu, about the space architecture and infrastructure that will support Artemis mission objectives, and a sustained presence on the Moon. We’ll also discuss how those plans might feed into future cities on the Moon and eventually Mars.

Madhu Thangavelu

My guest on the show, Madhu is a lecturer of both astronautical engineering and architecture at the University of Southern California. Madhu leads the Graduate Space Concepts Synthesis Studio at USC. He holds degrees in both engineering and architecture and has contributed extensively to the areas of architectural design synthesis, space architecture, space systems engineering, and lunar base design. He is the author or co-author of over 70 technical papers in space architecture, as well as numerous articles in space-related trade journals and magazines dealing with space stations, lunar base design and human factors. He is a co-author of the book The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement. He is on the advisory board of the Moon Society and the editorial board of the Journal of Space Philosophy. Madhu is a strong advocate for articulating the philosophy of space.

Listen in to learn more about how space architects will build humanity’s future off-Earth.

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If you would like to learn more about Space Architecture, here are some helpful links provided by Madhu courtesy of AIAA and USC:

AIAA LA LV December 19 Part 1: Space Architecture Gathering: Simulators and Simulations — YouTube

AIAA LA LV December 19 Part 2: Space Architecture Gathering: Space Architecture — YouTube

USC Astro Engineering ASTE527 : ASTE 527 (google.com)

Madhu Thangavelu USC : Madhu Thangavelu — Press Room USC USC



Britt Duffy Adkins

Founder at Celestial Citizen | Space Urban Planner | She/her | Planning Humanity’s Future on Earth. Moon. Mars. Beyond. www.celestialcitizen.com