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Borre Akkersdijk (moderator)

Borre Akkersdijk is a Dutch designer that founded his Label ByBorre in 2010 after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009. Borre works on textile innovation and has developed and changed different production processes in this field. In 2011 Borre won the Inspiration award, and had his first show with ByBorre, later that year, during Paris Fashion Week. While being based in Amsterdam, Borre showed his second ByBorre collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week in 2012 . The same year Borre Akkersdijk also won the Dutch Design Awards - Young designer of the Year. For the last two years he has been working on Wearable Technology with the different BB.Suits shown on SXSW and Beijing Design Week, creating a platform on and around the body. Borre is working on a new collection for his Label ByBorre and is a freelance designer for various brands like, Nike, Piet Hein Eek, Wings + Horns and others.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

In this panel on the evolution of spacesuit design, Dutch designer Borre Akkersdijk will talk with Nicholas de Monchaux, about his book Spacesuits: Fashioning Apollo, and Richard Rhodes, who is the lead design of NASA’s upcoming Z2 spacesuit.

NASA's Development of the Next Space Suit
NASA’s next mission is to send astronauts to an asteroid in the coming decade and then to Mars by the 2030s. To prepare for this mission the advanced space suit group is developing the next generation suit that will support long term exploration in both micro-gravity and planetary environments. The first step in this development was the Z-1 suit. NASA is currently developing the Z-2 suit, the highest fidelity EVA suit developed in 30 years. This presentation summarizes the goals and requirements that are driving the design of the next generation space suit.

Fashioning the Apollo Spacesuit
In Spacesuit, Nicholas de Monchaux tells the story of the twenty-one-layer spacesuit in twenty-one chapters addressing twenty-one topics relevant to the suit, the body, and the technology of the twentieth century. He touches, among other things, on eighteenth-century androids, Christian Dior’s New Look, Atlas missiles, cybernetics and cyborgs, latex, JFK's carefully cultivated image, the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage, NASA’s Mission Control, and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning. The twenty-one-layer spacesuit, de Monchaux argues, offers an object lesson. It tells us about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity; it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario.