Starbase Design Competition

Starbase Design Competition

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021
Voting Opens: January 5, 2022
Voting Closes: January 31, 2022
Event Participants Announced: February 3, 2022

The revolution of space travel has become a current reality rather than a futuristic dream. At the forefront of this future reality is SpaceX. This ambitious company is spearheading the development of the world’s most advanced spacecraft with the vision of distant space travel and even settlement on Mars.

To help make this happen, SpaceX is building a special facility in Texas called Starbase. It will host important production facilities and launch sites for its upcoming, fully-reusable rocket called Starship.

The Starbase facility is in a rural area, close to the Gulf of Mexico and the small city of Brownsville Texas. This city of only 180,000 people, will soon be at the forefront of space technology and is already growing from the influence of its new neighbor.

SpaceX is currently hiring hundreds of people for the Starbase facility. These new employees will need places to live, eat, sleep, and relax. This will create opportunities for development in both Starbase and Brownsville.

This is your challenge: Design an intersection between the worlds of the small city of Brownsville and the new SpaceX Starbase facility.

We can all imagine the opportunities and challenges that may come with the growth of the Starbase facility. Most of these opportunities and challenges center around how it will influence the surrounding community and one day become a hub for space exploration.

At DesignClass, we think there is an important opportunity to develop this merging of two worlds: one of a small city and the other of an advanced space facility.

How can this be a model for human-centered architecture that shows consideration for community, sustainability and affordability, as well as the heights of human ingenuity and creativity?


What makes this competition special? We are hosting a live event in Brownsville to show off your designs.

Rather than focusing on prizes and temporary acclaim, we will be bringing YOUR DESIGNS directly to the community they impact. The top 25 designs from the judges and public-voting process will be displayed at an in-person exhibition held in Brownsville, Texas in early 2022.

We will be hosting community leaders, designers, government representatives, SpaceX representatives, real estate professionals, and other key stakeholders in the Brownsville/SpaceX area at this event.

We will be displaying your printed Poster Board at this event. Don’t worry, DesignClass will handle printing and setup. If your design is selected for display, you are also invited to come to the event and present your work.

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This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Starbase Design Competition" 05 Oct 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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