Retro Futuristic Space Colonies

July 6th, 2011

Designing for the future is difficult. It’s hard to know what exactly will be happening and where technology will be. Proof of it has been with Google’s recent projects, Wave, Buzz and now Google+. Do they know exactly what the future is? I’m not sure, but since they are such a huge corporation they have power to change or create things that do impact the future. Now what if Google turned its efforts into just space—would we be able to vacation in space in the near future?

There were a lot of very great futuristic visualizations that came out of the 1970s including these brain warping space colonies. NASA’s Ames Research Center gathered artists to help design spaces colonies in the cosmos that could accommodate up to 10,000 people.

Posted by on 07/6/11 in 1970s, Design

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  1. Jamie says:

    I actually had a printed version of these images when I was a kid. Wish I still had it. Been wanting to see these images again forever. Thanks for posting!

  2. Ian says:

    I love these things. I read a lot of classic sci-fi when I was a kid and it always conjured up stuff like this in my mind. Not quite the raw cool of a star destroyer, but exciting stuff nonetheless.

  3. 1olo says:

    These images remind me of ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ (by Arthur C. Clarke). Thanks for posting :)

  4. Ian says:

    I love the optimism that glows from these images.

  5. disperazione says:


    Or something related to Jeovah’s Witnesses – Watchtower illustrations. :D

  6. They often practice cutting on discarded Obscured Glass.

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