Future 50: Regina Peldszus 01.08.13

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"It's always thrilling to visit laboratories, simulators and mock-ups," Regina Peldszus says. "Sifting through ethnographic accounts, archive material and the occasional workshop skip often brings up interesting artefacts and anecdotes about real-life user behaviour and underlying design rationales." Having trained at Central St Martins in London, she has spent the past ten years researching and designing for long-term, manned spaceflight habitability. Her work ranges from considering the emotional and psychological demands of long-term missions on astronauts to the real-world applicability of science fiction. "If you're thinking about the human dimension in the context of novel situations, a speculative design approach with an authentic baseline can be invaluable," she says. Peldszus is currently an internal research fellow at the Advanced Mission Concepts Office at the European Space Agency, and she is undertaking field research on human-systems interaction issues in control-room environments.






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