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Clouds AO Unveils Floating Space Lab in Japan

05:00 - 15 November, 2018
Clouds AO Unveils Floating Space Lab in Japan, AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO
AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO

Clouds Architecture Office have revealed a new design for a space research lab that floats above a crater in Oita, Japan. Called AVATAR X LAB, the design was made for ANA Holdings Inc. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The lab aims to be part of ANA's AVATAR Vision, an endeavor to advance and pioneer real-world Avatar technologies, and JAXA's new research and development program J-SPARC. The lab was designed to advance understanding of space exploration and development.

AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB + 11

Life on the Moon, According to 8 Architects and Artists

11:00 - 2 October, 2018
Life on the Moon, According to 8 Architects and Artists, Asif Khan's Vantablack Pavilion at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Image © Luke Hayes
Asif Khan's Vantablack Pavilion at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Image © Luke Hayes

Following the announcement by SpaceX founder Elon Musk that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa would be the first paying customer to visit the Moon, the retail tycoon generated further excitement by declaring he would bring between six and eight artists to accompany him.

The “Dear Moon” project would see a painter, musician, film director, and others, accompany Maezawa in order to “dream dreams that have never been dreamed…to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before.”

AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier

09:00 - 28 September, 2018
AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier, Copyright: The Tab
Copyright: The Tab

A public event will be held to kick off World Space Week at AIA Houston on the evening of Thursday, Oct 4 as part of the AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier think tank taking place in Houston between Oct 4-5, 2018.

Expanding Houston’s reputation as Space City, USA, Ellington Airport’s conversion into the Houston Spaceport will reiterate the city’s role as a front-runner in the space race of the 21st Century. As the most urban-centered commercial spaceport to date – Houston Spaceport is within a 15-minute drive of the central business district – this development will serve as a detonator in

Life on Mars? Foster + Partners to Showcase Extra-Terrestrial Habitats at UK's Goodwood Festival

14:00 - 5 July, 2018
Life on Mars? Foster + Partners to Showcase Extra-Terrestrial Habitats at UK's Goodwood Festival, via Foster + Partners
via Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners will detail its vision of life on Mars and the Moon at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. Forming part of the festival's Future Lab event, the vision will be presented through a range of models, robotics, and futuristic designs exploring the future of life in space.

The firm's showcase will include a virtual reality experience, allowing visitors to explore the inside of a proposed state-of-the-art habitation pod.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP RCR 2018: III International Workshop of Scenography

19:30 - 18 April, 2018
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP RCR 2018: III International Workshop of Scenography

The International Workshop RCR is born of a way of understanding Architecture and Landscape from a humanistic spirit. The coexistence in a space and time of different creative disciplines creates synergies for mutual enrichment between the parties.

The workshop is designed following four main ideas that articulate the program:

- Competition Format: Closed exercises that condense a complex process within a specific time frame
- Transversality: An integrative interdisciplinary approach
- Sharing: Shared creativity fostering the capacity for dialogue
- Experience: Understanding derived from observation, participation and experience

The Program consists in

- Creative Atelier. The workshop offers a brief approach to the elements that surround scenography:

Why Are Architects So Obsessed With Piet Mondrian?

09:30 - 1 April, 2018

In the 1920s, Dutch-born artist Piet Mondrian began painting his iconic black grids populated with shifting planes of primary colors. By moving beyond references to the world around him, his simplified language of lines and rectangles known as Neo Plasticism explored the dynamics of movement through color and form alone. Though his red, yellow and blue color-blocked canvases were important elements of the De Stijl movement in the early 1900s, almost a century later Mondrian’s abstractions still inspire architects across the globe.

But, what is it about these spatial explorations that have captivated artists and designers for so long?

Call for Submssions: Our Theatre of the World Performance Space Architecture Exhibition

08:11 - 29 March, 2018
Call for Submssions: Our Theatre of the World Performance Space Architecture Exhibition, Macedonia Exhibit at PQ2011, Photo by P. Jedinak
Macedonia Exhibit at PQ2011, Photo by P. Jedinak

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, the world’s largest festival of performance design and theatre architecture. Established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public, the quadrennial exhibitions, festivals, and educational programs act as a global catalyst of creative progress by encouraging experimentation, networking, innovation, and future collaborations. PQ aims to honor, empower and celebrate the work of designers, artists and architects while inspiring and educating audiences, who are the most essential element

Ideal Spaces Symposium May 2018 - Call for Abstracts

14:36 - 5 March, 2018
Ideal Spaces Symposium May 2018 - Call for Abstracts , Ideal city: Functional City by Leonardo da Vinci
Ideal city: Functional City by Leonardo da Vinci

The topic for this year’s symposium is Artificial Natures, ranging from classical ones, such as parks and ideal cities, to garden cities, to new “natural “ environments like social media spaces as new public place. The symposium will take place as a combination of short panels and workgroups.

9 Innovative Projects Tackling the Unexplored Realms of Sea and Space Win Jacques Rougerie Competition

13:10 - 31 January, 2018
9 Innovative Projects Tackling the Unexplored Realms of Sea and Space Win Jacques Rougerie Competition, Platinum City, Worlds First Post-Human City / Sean Thomas Allen; UK. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Platinum City, Worlds First Post-Human City / Sean Thomas Allen; UK. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Nine visionary projects focused on living within the relatively unexplored terrains of sea and space have been selected as winners of the 2017 Jacques Rougerie international architecture competition.

Established in 2011, the competition aims to foster the creativity of young architects by challenging them to complete “innovative, audacious and promising projects” that imagine new methods of sustainable development within the realms of sea and space. 

Architectural submissions were awarded this year within three categories: Innovation and Architecture for the Sea, Innovation and Architecture for Space, and Architecture and Sea Level Rise. Within these categories, projects were selected in three disciplines: the overall Grand Prix, the “Focus” theme award, and the Coup de Coeur.

Check out the winning projects below.

SOLAR SPORE, An algae photobioreactor in outer space /  Pierre-Jacques Truyman, Alexandre Brassart, Sylve Truyman; France. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation Refuge-ground : Towards habitable offshore salt platforms / Lambert David, France. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation BIOLUM_REEF : an eco-friendly inhabited reef / Olivier Bocquet, Lisa Tanet, Laurence Casalot, François Desruelles, Christian Tamburini; France. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation Currents for Currents, Blue is the new green / Deo Alrashid T. Alam, Robert Andrew P. Galano, Pierre Michael Monjardin; Phillippines. Image Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation + 10

Shanghai 2117 Imagines Vertical Forest Architecture for Future Mars Colonization

08:00 - 28 October, 2017
Shanghai 2117 Imagines Vertical Forest Architecture for Future Mars Colonization, Courtesy of SUSAS 2017
Courtesy of SUSAS 2017

Can architecture and design reverse climate change? Architect and founding partner of Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA), Stefano Boeri believes it can. Boeri’s Vertical Forest, a project which marries the natural and urban spheres through biodiversity and reforestation, has already come to fruition in Milan, is currently under construction in Beijing, and soon to be constructed in Shanghai. (Watch the video to learn more about Boeri’s Vertical Forest projects.)

Call for Submissions: 2018 Copenhagen Architecture Festival

14:00 - 20 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: 2018 Copenhagen Architecture Festival, WE ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
WE ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submit your works for the festival!

Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

12:00 - 4 September, 2017
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

The team of Foster + Partners and Branch Technology have been awarded first prize in the latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a $2.5 million multi-phase competition designed to generate ideas and advance technology for the construction of sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond.”

After printing three cylinder and three beams the first two levels of Phase 2, Stage 3 asked teams to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using indigenous Martian soil and recyclable materials, envisioning how future habitats could be constructed on the Red Planet. Teams were required to develop the 3-D printing technology itself as well as the structural design for each dome. The competition also dictated each structure be built within a 22-hour time frame, using the specific materials, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance that would be demanded by the Martian landscape.

Call for Submissions: International Competition in Architecture 2017

09:30 - 27 June, 2017
Call for Submissions: International Competition in Architecture 2017, Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017
Call for action: International competition in architecture 2017

The architect, the engineer, the designer, all of them participate to the development and the construction of an upcoming world at their own level. Together, by looking further, beyond preconceived ideas and well-established concepts, these entrepreneurs, these creators, have the power to make up new rules, propose new directions: innovative facilities and housing bringing new living conditions, making room for new ways of moving, of consuming energy, to counter major environmental challenges of our era and others to come. The prizes of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation support and accompany this approach.

Innovation, architectural disruption, sustainable development and resilience against climate changes are the keywords of this 7th edition of the international competition in architecture of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation – Institut de France.

UNStudio Designs Teflon Pavilion to Test Concepts for Extraterrestrial Living

09:30 - 27 May, 2017
UNStudio Designs Teflon Pavilion to Test Concepts for Extraterrestrial Living, © Olaf Becker
© Olaf Becker

Designed by UNStudio in collaboration with MDT-tex, Prototype II is a modular membrane structure that recently premiered at Techtexil’s Living in Space exhibition. Providing a space at the exhibition for visitors to experience a Virtual Reality trip to Mars created by European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). UNStudio and MDT-tex have previously teamed up on temporary envelope exhibits before; their contorting LED-backlit biomimetic Eye_Beacon pavilion debuted at the Amsterdam Light Festival late last year.

© Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker © Olaf Becker + 14

Foster + Partners Awarded Top Prize in NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge

14:10 - 5 May, 2017
Foster + Partners Awarded Top Prize in NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge

NASA has announced the completion of the initial printing stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, awarding Foster + Partners | Branch Technology and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the two top-scoring teams from this round.

After Phase 1 of the competition (won by Clouds AO and SEArch) tasked architects and engineers from around the globe to imagine hypothetical concepts for the habitation of Mars, Phase 2 is challenging designers to manufacture actual, 3D-printed objects using techniques that could be employed to create shelters on a future mission to the red planet or beyond.

The Real Deal Behind the Dangling “Asteroid Skyscraper” Proposal

09:10 - 30 March, 2017
© Clouds AO
© Clouds AO

There’s a decent chance that in the last few days, you’ve seen images of Analemma, the futuristic proposal from Clouds AO to hang a skyscraper (or should that be “earthscraper”?) from an asteroid in orbit of the earth. The project has been difficult to avoid, having been picked up not only by much of the architectural media but also by NBC, CNN, Forbes, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Mashable, IFLScience—the list goes on almost as long as the building itself.

Is the design realistic? Obviously not, and it’s obviously not intended to be. It’s intended as a utopian thought experiment. Clouds AO has something of a pedigree in this field, as winners of a NASA-backed competition to design a Mars base with their idea for a building made of ice. As a result, it would be facile to join the internet’s collective bottom-of-the-page comment mob to point out that it would be prohibitively expensive, or that it might be more enjoyable to live on the ground anyway.

But is the design a useful utopian thought experiment? There are some design failures that better technology, or a lot of money, or the changed mindset of a futuristic society just won’t fix. So without further ado, here are a list of the problems that this out-of-this-world design would face, in chronological order, with the issues that make it impractical in our current world marked as “minor” and the ones that would undermine the proposal in any universe marked as “major.”

© Clouds AO © Clouds AO © Clouds AO Initial construction of the tower in Dubai. Image © Clouds AO + 14

KieranTimberlake is Using Virtual Reality to Design a Home for Future Life on Mars

09:30 - 21 March, 2017
KieranTimberlake is Using Virtual Reality to Design a Home for Future Life on Mars, The virtual Mars City base. Image Courtesy of KieranTimberlake
The virtual Mars City base. Image Courtesy of KieranTimberlake

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Life on Mars? Architects Lead the Way to Designing for Mars With Virtual Reality."

If an architecture firm is lucky, it can hit two birds with one stone on a single project—for example, prioritizing both historic preservation and energy efficiency. But a team at KieranTimberlake, based in Philadelphia, is aiming for four ambitious goals with its pro bono project, the Mars City Facility Ops Challenge.

Architects Fátima Olivieri, Efrie Friedlander, and Rolando Lopez teamed up with National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), NASA, and the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI) to create a virtual working city on Mars—one that might reap multiple rewards.

Call for Entries: The Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition 2016

18:00 - 3 May, 2016
Call for Entries: The Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition 2016

Architects, designers, engineers, artists, urban planners are given a unique opportunity to win one of the three prizes of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation - Institut de France by creating innovative and ambitious projects. These architectural projects based on emerging developments and a prospective vision should address some core issues of mankind: greater environmental, industrial and technical responsibilities, while taking sustainable development principles into account.