This is the homepage for project Dream Space. To get you interested, everything you need to know about this project is presented in a simple conversation below. If it succeeds, (or if it does not suffice), we hope to hear from you!
What is project Dream Space?
Project Dream Space has been initiated to design and develop sustained and unbiased solutions to improve the access to water, food and shelter, for the people in underprivileged regions around the world. These solutions will tend towards the design and development of modular framework for habitation systems, which, in part, or in whole, facilitate in providing appropriate amounts of energy, water and food, whilst acting as inherent shelters. The exact nature of these solutions will become more transparent as the project matures.
What does sustained and unbiased imply?
It is particularly important to us to ensure that the solutions which will be developed, are not only environmentally sustainable, but also are a catalyst for initiating and sustaining local economies and ecologies. We believe sustainable solutions imply a fair distribution and consumption of resources, rather than the enforcing of a green agenda. Subsequently, to ensure a fairness on all levels, the quality of design and the experience it delivers cannot be compromised for the sake of affordability.
Such unbiased solutions may be a challenge to develop, but they are nevertheless a vital part of the project, and we are investigating open source models as an aid for the development, as well as a source of funding. That said, we do not wish to enforce alien ways of life on people, but rather, learn from and adapt to their understanding of life.
What do we mean by underprivileged regions?
The nature of nature on this planet is such that no one region can establish complete resource independence whilst sustaining contemporary human settlements. Nevertheless, some geographical regions are extremely favourable, while some are not, for sustaining such modern day societies.
With the advent of science and technology, we have proven ourselves to be capable of adapting to even the harshest of circumstances, but unfortunately these developments have not benefited all of humankind. Millions of people living in regions in Africa, Asia, South America and Oceania, which are often resource-rich, live without appropriate access to water, food and shelter. We are predominantly interested in these underprivileged regions.
Why are we doing this?
Because we want to. And because we can. But should we? Yes, absolutely.
Who is we, by the way?
It is I for the moment, but I’m hoping you can make it we! I’m Rohan Jaguste, an industrial designer in the making, and in fact, Dream Space happens to be my master thesis project. But the plan is to graduate this thesis into a life long endeavour. I study at Konstfack, and I’m running this project through my startup which is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Who are we collaborating with?
Many professionals have shown interest in this project, and, as and when their participation is confirmed, their names will be published on this page.
Who are we looking to connect with?
If this project interests you, we will be glad to connect with you, no matter who you are by profession, as long as you have a desire to correlate and contribute to the project in credible ways.
On a side note, we are looking for corporate partners and sponsors to fund the development. From this perspective, if you manage an institution which is concerned with urban planning, development and engineering, alternative energies, water distribution and management, agriculture and food sciences, production and manufacturing, supply chain management, and human space exploration, we are extremely enthusiastic to collaborate with you.
Also, if you have been involved in projects in underdeveloped and developing countries around the world, we would love to hear your experiences. At the moment, we are concentrating our efforts on regions in eastern Africa.
Why is there an astronaut floating in the illustration?
Ah! This is where it gets interesting. There are many parallels between living in outer space, and living in underprivileged regions here on earth. Both have limited supply of water and food, among other resources. Can we then apply the billion dollar studies made for living in outer space, to improve the life of a billion people here on earth? Studying human space exploration is of prime importance for this project, not only to suck in precious information, but also to contribute new understandings of how people survive in underprivileged regions, and apply them to manned space flight projects. Are you involved with a space agency, like ESA or NASA? This project will perhaps interest you as well.
How is the project funded?
We are actively seeking for partners for collaboration and funding. Finding funding is the key issue, as usual. Do note that this project is not a non-profit or a charitable initiative. Every capable person around the world has a right to a livelihood, and this is what it is about. Once you have safeguarded the access to basic needs, you are free to invest in a livelihood of your choice. And we believe open source is the way.
Why is open source the key?
Besides the exponential proliferation of information, tapping into credible multi-disciplinary knowledge today, is beyond individual comprehension. So we need the help of people - lots of people - from different walks of life, who are open to sharing their expertise and new knowledge in return for a happy conscience. We have seen this succeed in the digital world. Our ambition is to make it work in the real one. Perhaps you can think of this project as a box of Lego. We make the Lego bricks, you build something valuable out of it, which you are then free to sell, or distribute free of cost to people in need, around the world.
What could be the return on your investment?
Apart from new opportunities for business innovation, and a happy conscience, one can expect to learn a great deal from how people adapt to different circumstances. This know-how can then be used to develop solutions for the underprivileged regions, to consummate the goal of this project. On the other end of the spectrum, they can also be repurposed to develop new solutions for the new century - where we have a shortage of resources and exponential increase in their demand. From new age sustainable strategies for living in the developed world to radical initiatives for extra-terrestrial human colonisation, the opportunities are as viable as your imagination is.
How long will the project run?
As long as it takes. Well, honestly, it is just in its infancy - it officially commenced in November 2010. Let us see where we are a year from now. And then we ask ourselves this question again.
Where will you find the project status and updates?
Major updates will be published on this page. If you want to keep a track of the progress though, you may follow this link - Dream Space archives.
Why call it Dream Space?
Unfortunately, I have never dreamt of space. But I have had this fascination and ambition to work with human space exploration since the age of 8 years and 4 months. Hence, the dream of space. On the other hand, since the past 4 odd years, I have been wanting to do something about the prevalent disparity in human society. So I decided to start with the basics - air, water, food and shelter. Usually, these are found in a home. Hence the desire to help people create their own dream space. Thus the title!
How do you get in touch?
Drop a mail to or ring us at
+46 (0)76 817 86 94. For other details, browse through www.rohanjaguste.com