This project looks to depict a realistic interpretation of a space colony that places a great focus upon pastoralism. This is done in order to provide a more optimistic counterpoint to the prevalence of dystopian pessimistic themes common throughout a majority of science fiction. In essence, rather than being a warning of what the future may hold, it is intended as a possible direction that could be aspired towards. How might we go about portraying a kinder, more optimistic future that we actively aspire towards in the long term rather than seek to avert? Moreover, what sort of design opportunities does technological projection and advancement pose for us as a species? We should envision what an isolated example of a futurist location that showcases technological possibilities could possibly look like, and present it in such a way that it evokes the feeling of wanting to spend time there. The Akastral Voyager presents a look into a future that perhaps isn’t quite so bleak as we may often fear. Like its namesake, the Voyager 1 space probe, it seeks to be a symbol of humanity’s will to seek out and dwell amongst the stars. We as a species still have countless horizons to seek out and places to find our own dwelling, and the Akastral Voyager represents that quite well. It’s a vision of us taking a piece ourselves and our world wherever we go, something that’s very innately human.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Space colonies--Interactive multimedia--Design; Three-dimensional display systems--Design; Pastoral art

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Mike Strobert


RIT – Main Campus

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