Artemis Collection

September - December 2021


I created a capsule wardrobe collection to be worn by astronauts during the upcoming Artemis missions which will take humanity back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars. The wardrobe was created in a digital apparel program and each garment possesses material and contextual research aimed at making it functional in microgravity. I was particularly focused on introducing South Asian and non-western fashion styles to this area of work.

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This is Earthrise, taken by William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission to the moon. I remember seeing this image for the first time, some time in middle school, and being completely taken aback by the pure scale of what we’re looking at.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by space. That doesn’t set me apart. Lots of kids (and adults) look up at the moon with the fascination that we’ve been there. But that brings me exactly to my point. Space has been our one truly global collaborative platform for decades. It can (and should) be a rallying point for us across our nations.

But the reality of what we see in the apparel design present for astronauts right now is overwhelmingly boring. There are plenty of reasons for that, many of them wholly reasonable (material restrictions, the existing concentration of power in the world right now, etc.) But why can't we push the cultural boundaries in zero-g?

As a person with brown skin growing up in a predominantly white environment, I struggled often with the idea that I might be able to exist, let alone excel, in many of the spaces I chose to inhabit. The Artemis missions are being branded as the next great leap forward in space travel, to put the first woman and the next man (one of color at that) on the moon. I want to start envisioning what space cultures might look like outside a western angle. After all, if Earth-born cultures aren't all the same, why would they become homogenous in space?

This is an image board of visual inspirations I used while working on the project. Science fiction has long been a tool for imagining what our futures could look like, and I used that to my advantage here.
This is my colored sketch of the three looks I planned out for this project. Each look serves a different core function within the highly constrained life of an astronaut, with several options for variability.

The Liftoff look is focused on the flight up from Earth and back, with further use as a day-to-day work outfit.
The Workout is focused on exercise, a hugely important part of health in space, as astronauts fight off the withering footprint of microgravity on their bones.
The Ceremony is focused on formal events occurring in space. Those could be religious events, personal events, photo ops, weddings, formal meetings, or more.

And here are the final three looks, fully rendered.

The Liftoff

The top garment has padded shoulders for shape, front body pockets for minor storage, cargo pockets on the shoulders for extended storage, padded elbow joints for added protection when moving in microgravity, a central snap closure for ease of removal, and a South Asian styled collar.

The bottom garment has a close-to-body fit for ease of movement, slip and cargo pockets for extended storage, padded knee joints for added protection, and a cinching belt on the waist for quick tightening or removal.

The Workout

The top garment has a close, tight fit for comfort in motion, a dark primary color to obscure sweat stains, a central zip for easy removal, and a sleeveless design for astronaut comfort.

The bottom garment has a similar close fit, the same dark colorway, a flexible waistband for easy removal, and side slip pockets for small item storage.

The Ceremony

A field of comets blaze their way across the piece. Color coding these comets could be used to distinguish rank, prestige, or accolades in the future.
The velcro pads allow the time-honored NASA mission patches to be incorporated easily.
The top garment has a formal, sharper fit, a snap-based central closure for ease of removal and flexibility while bending, padded elbow joints for protection, South Asian kurta-inspired shaping, and velcro pads on the shoulders to hold mission patches.
The bottom garment has a close-to-body fit for ease of movement, slip pockets for minor storage, padded knee joints for added protection, a gusset on the inside of the crotch for added comfort, and a cinching belt on the waist for quick tightening or removal.

The garment would also possess a low-radiation triggered text on the inner sleeve.
 The idea behind this message, which would only be readable when exposed to the radiation present outside Earth's atmosphere, would be to honor and acknowledge the singularly unique experience of being an astronaut by offering the brave explorer a memento that only they and their peers would ever see.

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We imagine the structural level being the physical changes that will be made to the space. Here we go into how we imagine the parking garage to be retrofitted to facilitate our social and natural programming. In our endeavor to make the parking garage more multi-use we propose certain systems like vertical farming, rainwater collection systems, hydroponic irrigation systems, and a plethora of sensing technologies that we would then integrate into the space. At the city level it shows how the structure of the city will change overtime as a result of the network of connectivity established through the integration of technology into its buildings and the lives of its citizens.

Stage 0

Our primary concept for moving parking garages from single–use to multi–use is centered on adding farming and safety elements into the space, while decreasing the over–emphasis on parking over time.

The preliminary changes of Stage 0 would see vertical farming structures and aquaponics begin to be installed in the space. In this stage, the garage is mostly still a parking space, with some added structures to support farming.

Stage 1

Moving into stage 1, we would expand the farming capacity of the structure to keep up with growing food demands and install sophisticated multipurpose sensors that would provide data to assist the plants and people in the building.

Multipurpose sensors: to assist with the growth of crops, smart sensors would be installed in the space, including video, audio, sonar, light-level, and RF. In addition to monitoring the farms, these sensors would serve multiple functions and assist the adaptive sensing network. This will be elaborated upon in the Social level section.
Vertical farms: various forms of space–efficient farms will continue to be introduced to the space, including varieties of vertical farms, hydroponics, aquaponics, and others.

Stage 2

In stage 2, our focus would turn to reinforcing the underground sections of the space to prepare for the upcoming flooding of coastal areas. We would also upgrade the sensor system to enhance connectivity and responsiveness of the to space, including connections to screens and speakers, as well as navigational LED walkways.

In this stage, emphasis on parking is slowly being stripped back, with more vertical farms added, resulting in less parking spaces. Instead, the garage is being moved closer to a community space.

In stage 2, our focus would turn to reinforcing the underground sections of the space to prepare for the upcoming flooding of coastal areas. We would also upgrade the sensor system to enhance connectivity and responsiveness of the to space, including connections to screens and speakers, as well as navigational LED walkways.

In this stage, emphasis on parking is slowly being stripped back, with more vertical farms added, resulting in less parking spaces. Instead, the garage is being moved closer to a community space.

In preparation for flooding, we would reinforce basements to hold water by sealing drains and other orifices.
In preparation for marine agriculture, we would also create devices that reflect sunlight down a highly reflective column, and bring sunlight underground so that seaweed can be cultivated in low light conditions. This concept is based off a similar project done by the Lowline in New York City.

Upgraded sensor systems: To create a higher level of fidelity for the system in the space, the sensor systems would be upgraded to collect more data and interact more physically with individuals inside. The LED walkway idea sees light-based pathways installed inside the garage that the system could trigger to direct people inside the space to a particular location. This could be used for emergency scenarios, like weather events, or for simple applications, like interior navigation.

Adaptive Awareness Network: The Community Adaptive Awareness Network is a concept that would help organize our future society. It is an integrated network of sensors and responsive technologies that interact with individual nodes which could be a person, a building, vehicle or other structures.

Rooftop renovations: additional green spaces would be added to the structure, including gardening beds on the roof for the community to interact with, along solar panels to aid system processes.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is focused on a need–based resource allocation system governed by the community adaptive awareness network. Moving forward from the parking garage module, the tech and logics present in the previous stages will be implemented city–wide. The map below shows how structures across the city could be transformed into multi–use spaces that are all able to interface together as part of the network.

Adaptive Awareness Network: inspired by the phenotypic plasticity in ants and the collective awareness of altruistic systems, this network of connectivity connects people to their environment, their needs and to each other. Over time this network of inputs, responses and feedback loops governs the structure of the city by controlling long term resource allocations based on need.

System details: This system would be able to reorganize over time based off input from individual nodes which could be a person, a building, vehicle or any other actor connected to the community adaptive awareness network . That reorganization could be physical, like activating temporary shelter spaces in response to a weather event, or it could be digital, like a ping being sent out to notify the citizens of a certain community or individual need.

If the city can recognize need and respond to it effectively, that adds to resource efficiency, especially when resources are scarce. It would only provide things where they are needed- and this need can be crowdsourced.

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At our case study level, our social level outlines how the increased multi-use programming and adaptive awareness system might benefit the community. Urban design is often viewed from a structural lens, but we seek to address social issues through social solutions here. How might we use emerging technologies to improve our spaces? How might we use social programs to create more welcoming community spaces?

Stage 0

As we mentioned a little earlier, we want to build an adaptive sensing network that addresses needs across the case study and larger city.

In stage 0, people will tap into/ access the adaptive sensing system through the format of a smart device app. This will allow an accessible forward route into the system.

Another important element on the social side is reducing the amount of violent crime that occurs. Due to the vertical farms implemented in the same stage from the Structural level, the garage will be naturally brighter and more populated. This will begin to passively address crime rates by removing factors that contribute to making current garages hotspots for assaults.

Stage 1

In stage 1, we would be focusing on how to allow the benefits of the farming within the garage to reach to residents of the local neighborhood. To ensure the transfer of power from the hands of the entity that built the garage to the hands of the people who live and act in the space, a training program would be instituted. This program would teach community members how to cultivate the farming space.

These trainings would be open to the entire community, without discrimination towards marginalized groups like the unhoused or the undocumented. A harsh reality of urban life is that despite those aforementioned groups being full members of the communities they live in, they are often seen as separate or unwelcome. This ability to engage in the space and become an active, visibly productive member of the community could begin to address the stigmas marginalized groups face in these settings, all while maintaining the farm space which provides food and income. The app would continue to be updated, with further connections drawn between the physical space and the digital. For example, in the community page of the app, trainings for the farm could appear as job listings.

STage 2

Connecting to mental health & green spaces: This stage would include further development of the green spaces in the garage, particularly the conversion of the roof into an accessible community garden and gathering spot. Building up regions that possess a biophilic appeal would significantly assist mental health of locals.

A major element of this stage would be the conversion of the garage from a passive space to an active one. This means that the system governing the garage would be able tlo use its vast array of sensors and digital connections to monitor its space and respond appropriately to incidents that could occur inside. The animation below illustrates how, given a series of events, the system might respond to an individual collapsing inside the garage.

System in action: in the previous images, we saw this proposed system of responses in action. The system follows a series of decisions to assist them. These decisions make use of the app and the sensors installed during the structural section.
Bystander effect: to address the passivity caused by the bystander effect, the app would contain notifications and triggers that would work with the screens and LED paths installed with the structural Stage 1 to guide people in the space to assist others in need.
Inspired by ants: this method of recursive, algorithmic decision making was inspired by our research into the behavioral patterns of ants in the research phase. The strength ants have is that they are capable of acting as nodes to a larger superorganism. Our adaptive awareness system aims to make use of a similar network of nodes, treating all sources of information (devices, sensors, people, etc.) as usable bytes of data.

Stage 3

The final stage would see the expansion of this cascading series of logics across the citywide system. The rise of magnetic smart fabrics and non-electronic tokens would allow all people, regardless of economic level, access to the technology needed to interface with the system. The system itself would not be limited to the parking garages and instead would operate across the entire urban landscape.

During our research into relevant emerging technologies, we discovered a process for encoding data into magnetic thread which can be woven into apparel items. We speculated this technology could be used to further enhance interfacing between people and the adaptive awareness system in stage 3. Theoretically, if one was wearing clothing woven with the correct magnetic threading, they could encode personal data elements into their apparel.

For example, a person prone to seizures could encode that, along with their necessary medication. As they enter a smart space like the garage, the system would be able to read their chosen data using magnetometers. Then, if that person were to have a seizure in the space, even if their mobile device was out of battery or if the system was down, the local garage system would be able to access the medical data and react.

Non-electronic tokens: Our theorized use of smart fabrics offers an exciting alternative to traditional data storage, but one issue it faces is further marginalizing any individual who lacks access to technology, such as the unhoused. To address this deficiency, we have also researched a method of interfacing with our digital ecosystem without the need for an electronic device. By using this technology, which simply requires a conductive physical input object (a token), we could allow an incredibly low–cost way to access digital systems.

To encode their token with personal medical data or whatever else, an individual could simply visit a public internet resource like the library and use the system there. From that point, their token would be comprehensible to the general system by way of RF scanners and WiFi backscatter , providing the same safety net as the smart fabrics.

This system map shows the connective network of technology that would bind our city, with the rollout ordered by our stages. Here, we would apply the same multi-decision logic from the parking garage example across all the structures in the city.
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Our natural level goes into how we envision our relationship with nature. It tries to define a new, more equitable dynamic between humans, cities and native ecosystems by the planned assimilation of the city into its surroundings to create an integrated ecosystem. Rewilding of the city space repositions humans within nature’s framework and makes room for a respectful, balanced, and healthy relationship between the two.

Stage 0

Urban farming & gardening: As shown in earlier stages, here we would call for establishing urban farms that grow indigenous food and medicinal crops.

Stage 1

Introducing biodiversity: In the wake of global warming and rising populations it will become increasingly important for the city to support itself. This is where nature can come in and create an abundant landscape in the city so we might take what we need from it but also nurture it to live with us. We see so much potential for future cities to be meaningfully green and by that we mean, the plants grown inside the city should either be food crops, medical plants or ecologically relevant and restorative.

Our goal is to gradually transition the parking structures in the city into productive urban farms that nourish their communities. Growing medicinal plants in these community gardens might provide people with knowledge and access to beneficial plant based remedies. We would also work to reintroduce native ecosystems into the city by transforming monocultural public parks into havens for indigenous biodiversity.


Urban Heat: Existing concrete parking lots and pavements are impermeable flood prone areas and causes of urban heat island effect . We propose depaving significant surface area of concrete and constructing low impact developments like bioswales and other biofilters to make the ground more permeable to water to mitigate floods. These bioswales can be created around the edges of parking lots and around pavements, roads and rooftops to capture and treat stormwater and other polluted runoff . They can also be integrated into road medians, curb cutouts, sidewalks, or any public space.

Bioswales: Bioswales are elevated low impact drainage systems used to treat stormwater. As the storm water runoff flows through the bioswale, the pollutants are captured and settled by the leaves and stems of the plants.

The pollutants then enter the soil where they decompose or can be broken down by the bacteria in healthy soil. They are extremely beneficial in protecting surface water and local waterways from excessive pollution and help recharge groundwater.

Bioswales can also be designed to be aesthetically pleasing and attract animals and create habitats.

Stage 2

To capitalize on the rising sea levels we propose establishing marine agricultural systems in the lower levels of buildings by strategically retrofitting them to flood and receive sunlight through reflective daylighting techniques as seen in Lowline Project. We could cultivate algae, seaweed, oysters, mussels and other useful species. These could be consumed as food but also have great economic value. Mussels and oysters are also filter feeders and clean the water that passes through them.

Most coastal cities will experience floods of saltwater when climate change has accelerated past the point of seawall protection. As a result, we have planned our marine agricultural system around saltwater crops. However, some coastal cities meet the water in the form of rivers or lakes. To accommodate these city models, we have a secondary agricultural plan which makes greater use of hydroponics.

Stage 3

Due to increased levels of coastal flooding, Stage 3 will be characterized by the recolonization of the city by native aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that will provide us with numerous ecosystem services to form a city that grows with nature.

Early in Stage 3 we would construct elevated walkways and public transit to prepare for the rising sea levels. To connect the archipelago of buildings to one another we propose the construction of a new connective tissue of elevated walkways, public transit and unmanned cargo channels.

The lowest layer would be pedestrian walkways that span buildings. These walkways would have wider platforms to act as areas of public congregation. The middle layer would be electric public transit vehicles. The highest layer would be the unmanned cargo carriers.

Later in Stage 3 as cities begin to get denser, the goal would be to emphasize walkability and with the layout of the city becoming increasingly multi use, one won’t need to travel larger distances to fulfill their needs. This would redefine movement in the city.

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Here’s a flyover view of what our Stage 3 city could look like. You might be thinking that this looks dystopian or apocalyptic, with the flooding and the overgrown green spaces. But that isn't how we see it.

Unfortunately for us, climate change has ensured that coastal flooding is an inevitable part of our future. And it’s beyond clear massive reform is needed to steer us away from our current unsustainable trajectory. Since many of these elements are happening no matter what, we’ve chosen to embrace them. But we don't see that as a bad thing, and certainly did not create this project to be a dystopia. If this is how our future will be, we want to maximize how incredible that could be, instead of dwelling on the collective selfishness that led us to this position.

We’ve chosen to fortify our flooded cities and optimize them for the incoming water, because abandoning that level of infrastructure would be an expensive mistake and a bad precedent for future cities. We’ve chosen to put the people of our city first, with safety, shelter, and stability all crucial elements of our social level. We’ve allowed nature to reclaim our city to enact a truly collaborative future city which exists in tandem with local ecologies, not in spite of it.

We’ve designed this module because we choose to believe in our futures, and will do the best we can to see them through.

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The Isolation Helm

The Isolation Helm exists to keep wearers safe from the social anxiety of wandering out into the public eye. You can read a more detailed description of this intervention here.

This manual details the functionality of the Helm in the world it inhabits.

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This altar exists to let users pivot between trending conspiracy theories with ease, allowing for the ability to keep up with the rising tides of frenetic communal panic as efficiently as possible.

This manual details the functionality of the Altar in the world it inhabits.
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The AmeriCoin Wallet is the American citizen's best friend and inescapable companion into the use and spending of Americoin on a daily basis, be it for casting votes, paying bail, or paying taxes.

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This Brand Medallion is used to give citizens access to their data and files seamlessly across the franchised internets! The devices keep the data that pertains to the company, allowing users to tap into any digital device to view their info, at the cost of a bit of weight around the neck.

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The ceiling of the installation room is littered with documents depicting images and text. I wanted the entire space of the room to itself be a network which the viewer moves through as the navigate the space. The central pillar, seen on the left, is the origin of the internet, ornamented with old computers from the dawn of the internet. From there, across the ceiling, the images and text show and tell the various trends, technologies, and developments which are taking us into the futures depicted in each of the four corners. The map seen below offers a guide to the roof which shows this concept.

Thank you to Hammett Nurosi, Doug Scott, Becky Fong, Paul Soulellis, Kelsey Elder, Minkyoung Kim, Barron Webster, Mari Iwahara, Andy Pressman, Tom Weis, Leslie Fontana, & Rain Ruihua Yang for the mentorship, advice, and conversations!

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Artemis Collection

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