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:
represents the geometry of the design for Mars
represent materials and structures that are suitable for the Martian environment
consider a collapsible structure fitting inside the payload of the SLS/Falcon Heavy
sustain plant occupants
not require external power sources
propose technology solutions to support plant life, adapt the interior conditions, and for mission coordination/communication
address public engagement with the habitat.
explore adaptations needed for an Earth Analogue
Friday March 4th - Internal Review
Friday March 18th - Mid-term Review (w. invited guests)
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.
models/renderings of the proposed habitat (interior/exterior)
materials and design descriptions
technology and hardware requirements
system specifications (functional proposals for embedded technology)
needs assessment and open questions
relevant prototypes, physical mockups, etc.
project management proposal (responsibilities, organization, etc.)
timeline for the development of the earth analog
itemised bill of materials
Two proposals presented for a max of 15 minutes each with 20 minutes for comment by the invited guests.
demonstrate how the design geometry responds to Martian conditions
demonstrate the design in both collapsed and expanded form
includes construction details
places this project within the history of space habitats/vehicle design
demonstrates how the technical systems respond to Martian conditions
demonstrates how the technical systems adapt the interior conditions and sustain plant-life within the timespan of a proposed mission to Mars.
places this project within the history of technical systems for plant growth and for space exploration
explains the significance of this design in both space exploration and human interaction on Earth
explore the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge and approaches
describe the timeline, organization and management required to implement an earth analog prototype by end of semester.