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List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space Colorado Springs, Colorado

The List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space (LISES), to be a “think tank” based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be a one-of-a-kind space research center. The Institute’s focus will be to conduct basic research in all dimensions of human interests in space, including pure and engineering sciences, commercial applications, as well as the political and social implications of the utilization of space.

The conference center is designed to create an awe-inspiring experience for occupants and visitors. The conference center and circulation spine will also provide areas for intimate conversation and will contribute to the promotion of friendship and discourse among the fellows. The circulation spine will have alternating islands of landscaping and water fountains to remind the scientists of nature.

The double volumes flanking the circulation spine are essentially large flexible loft-type spaces, which will be very economical to construct and maintain. To provide scientific intimacy, and individuality, small research pods have been pulled out from the main body; these pods will house the research fellows from each of the academic research modules.

The initial construction phase of LISES will include four buildings:  a major conference facility, an academic research building, a maintenance support facility and a state-of-the-art electronic Space Research Information Center (SRIC).

The 20-year buildout for the LISES complex calls for it to eventually cover 40 acres and have 15 to 18 buildings, supporting a population of 1,600 individuals.  LISES staff members will include approximately 200 top scientists, with the remainder functioning as technical associates.

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, exterior rendering

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, exterior rendering

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, Conference Center rendering

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, elevation

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, axonometric drawing

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space

List Institute for the Strategic Exploration of Space, axonometric phase