we could trick the mega rich into thinking they’re in space, says Alex Luria, associate at Jestico + Whiles
IT’S THE LATEST craze sweeping Earth’s billionaires – to escape our doomed planet in search of new worlds to conquer. But at what cost to the environment they leave behind?
We propose a solar-powered, holodeck-style capsule which will trick corporate CEOs into thinking they’ve invested billions of dollars into their own personalised spaceflight projects, but with none of the ecological impact.
Whilst they wonder at their own invention, our clever operating system (working title: ‘all/true/ism’) will funnel their newly available resources into worthy projects such as climate research, ocean clean-up and relief for disaster-affected communities. Inside the pod, the immersive planetary lightshow faithfully recreates the ego-boosting effects of five vertiginous minutes spent dumping 300 tonnes of CO2 into Earth’s upper atmosphere.
Blissfully unaware, our customers will really think they’ve mastered gravity – and after they re-emerge, to the news of the good their money has done, they might recognise a planet worth staying on.
Alex Luria is an associate at Jestico + Whiles architects, based in London and Prague. His work includes several award-winning low-carbon, socially sustainable housing developments, such as The Pavilions in Islington.