When a person takes
pleasure in dedication and labor
And exerts the courage that the gods placed in him,
And that in him the destiny
Sows the glory to which he aspires.
Then he launches the anchor in the confines of happiness,
And the gods honor him.
UIRA Orbital Olympic Village is an architectural
and urban design for the first Olympic Village in Earth orbit.
It is a project oriented to research, discovery and creativity
in a transdisciplinary, transnational and transcultural environment.
The word "uira" means "bird"
in Tupi - which was the language spoken by the people who inhabited
the Brazilian coast in the sixteenth century. Sagres (Portugal)
was the NASA of that epoch.
UIRA Orbital Olympic Village was originally
designed by architect and urban planner Emanuel Dimas de Melo
Pimenta in 2011.
UIRA is a worldwide scale collaborative
work, under supervision of Emanuel Pimenta - an orbital station
for about twenty thousand people, working in two systems: G1
(gravity on Earth) and microgravity. At six hundred kilometers
of altitude, with its orbital trajectory, the satellite-city
passes on virtually every city of the world every twenty-one
hours. So at every twenty-one hours, UIRA will be on Paris, New
York, Brasilia, London, Lisbon, Tokyo, London, Canberra, Beijing,
Bern, Rome or Ottawa.
Architects, urban planners, engineers, researchers from various
disciplines - from neurology to the physics of materials, from
engineering to law, from economics to chemistry - and also undergraduate
students, independent researchers, artists, companies from the
most different sectors, all are invited to imagine and to elaborate
solutions and inventions to this collective dream.
It is a nonprofit educational project,
uniting minds from around the world - a kind of new Manhattan
Project, now non-military, civil and exclusively with peaceful
purposes - revealing something of the original spirit of the
Olympic Games in Ancient Greece when knowledge and sports were
associated, where the Olympic ideal transcended the physical
dispute, reaching art and science.
This collaborative effort will trigger
planetary discoveries not only important for the space project,
but also unveiling surprising solutions to problems on Earth.