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Focus Raymond Zreick Award for Technology and Innovation to the Space4InspirAction course

Focus Live 2022

During the Focus Live 2022 event, the Space4InspirAction design course, held by Professors Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro, was awarded the first edition of the Focus Raymond Zreick Prize for Technology and Innovation.

The award, instituted this year in memory of Raymond Zreick, the famous science journalist who recently passed away, was presented by Focus Director Raffaele Leone to Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro together with the students of the course "for their demonstrated ability to give concreteness and form to the imagination, through visionary projects in which design acts as a bridge between science, technology and beauty, and generates innovation".

The prize-giving ceremony took place during the Focus Live 2022 event, organised by Focus magazine from 4 to 6 November at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, which hosted the exhibition, curated and set up by the students themselves, of the models/prototypes of the projects developed in the Space4InspirAction 22 course, 6th edition.

Space4InspirAction is in fact the 1st course in the world of space architecture and design supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) with experts and scientists suggesting the most strategic themes in line with international programmes of interplanetary exploration with human beings. The projects exhibited during the Focus Live event concern two macro-themes: disability in Space, in response to the European Space Agency's (ESA) call for entries, which for the first time includes "parastronauts", whose prostheses are considered as "extensions" of motor skills in microgravity conditions, and the process of producing and transforming microalgae on the Moon, the sustainable food of the future, with the aim of achieving a "symbiosis" between human beings and nature on other planets.

To learn more about the topic, read the following article "Unknown Unknowns: the Triennale opens up to Design for Space" or listen to the speech "TedxJesolo: Space and Design" held by Professor Annalisa Dominoni.