Speculative Process

Proxima Centauri b // A speculative inquiry into life, growth and evolution


Project Team // Open Design Team




October 2016 – March 2017

In August 2016 a new planet Proxima Centauri b was discovered by the European Southern Observatory. The particular conditions of this planet allowed scientist to research and speculate about the potential of this exoplanet.

Stage 1 // Cooperation & Exhibition

In the frame of a two weeks interdisciplinary workshop the students of the Master Program Open Design directed by Dr. Ing. Khashayar Razghandi and Prof. Dr. Or Ettlinger, carried out an incremental day-by-day growth process by building up complexity and life forms on the planet Proxima Centauri b.

The outcome resulted in an exhibition of the planet with proposals for climate, landscape, life forms and interactions.


Cluster of Excellence: Image-Knowledge-Gestaltung

An interdisciplinary Laboratory (BWG)

Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany



Stage 2 // Exhibition

An on going work in progress enabled interactions and exchange with the audience at the active space of the exhibition +Ultra. Gestaltung Schafft Wissen.


Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany



Stage 3 // Workshop

The next stage initiated a two weeks workshop from February to March 2017 with students from University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. The focus lied in building up complex life forms that develop architectural structures.


Faculty of Architecture at University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia