Synthesize Two Integrated Proposals

‘Abstract Dunes’, Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

‘Abstract Dunes’, Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University


We’ve spent 7-weeks in iterative investigations of Mars, materials, inflatable structures, close-loop systems, managing plant groups and, public engagement and poetic gestures. This exercise will draw together students in ‘Building an Atmosphere’ and ‘Responsive Mobile Environments’ to reflect on what we’ve learned so far and integrate solutions, opportunities and questions into a unified proposal for the habitat we should build.

This two-week exploration will form two large collaborative teams across BAA and RME to develop two well realized proposals which will be presented to a panel of internal and external guests during the Mid-term Review. This feedback will lead towards an eventual synthesis of all design team ideas into a single proposal for a full scale prototype that blends architecture and technology interventions.


Review the design investigations to date and develop an integrated proposal for a Martian habitat that can sustain plants. This proposal should develop the design for a) a Mars Theoretical Habitat and b) an Earth Analogue Habitat.

The proposal should:



In a week long charrette, two teams with combined participants from BAA and RAA will work to develop an integrated proposal for a Martian biome.

These teams will develop, combine, and incorporate ideas and geometries from the other project working towards the development of a combined, synthesized project.

Following the break, two teams will present two options as part of a Midterm Review.

Mars - impact crater; CREDIT: NASA

Mars - impact crater; CREDIT: NASA


1. Well developed proposal for a Martian biome that integrates architecture, technology and other multidisciplinary knowledge. This proposal will include:

2. A digital presentation

Two proposals presented for a max of 15 minutes each with 20 minutes for comment by the invited guests.

It should:

Mars - Terra Cimmeria; CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Mars - Terra Cimmeria; CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona