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Architecture Students Imagine a Moon Base with the European Space Agency

11:00 - 11 February, 2019

The European Space Agency has teamed up with a group of architecture students to speculate on the future design of sustainable lunar habitats. From the ESA’s astronaut center in Cologne, Germany, the organization challenged the students to draw on extreme environments in remote places, and speculate on sourcing and producing materials on the Moon to build a sustainable habitat.

Giving consideration to sunlight, temperature, and terrain, the design team developed a system of inflatable modules that can land at the base of a small crater on the South Polar Region of the Moon, where they will gradually fill the cavity with lunar soil until the modules are effectively buried.

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:

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.

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 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.

Call for Submissions: Active Public Space Catalogue

12:35 - 17 February, 2016
Call for Submissions: Active Public Space Catalogue

Active Public Space is seeking case studies regarding existing public spaces with particular interest in new “active” forms that emerge from the technological advances of the Information Age. The call is aimed at detecting and mapping existing successful examples of active-smart public space in terms of design, technology, management and occupancy by citizens.

Open Call: TRANS-PLAN: WATER+ [curate/design/fabricate]

12:49 - 7 January, 2016
Open Call: TRANS-PLAN: WATER+ [curate/design/fabricate]

TRANS-PLAN is an international student design competition organized by A2G (Architecture Gallery at the Faculty of Architecture University of Manitoba). The competition is open to all students registered in spatial design and or exhibition design disciplines.

Will This Be the Concrete Used to Build on Mars?

16:00 - 6 January, 2016
Will This Be the Concrete Used to Build on Mars?, Clouds AO and SEArch won NASA's Mars Habitat Competition with a 3D-printed house made of ice; would Martian concrete have been a simpler option?. Image © Clouds AO and SEArch
Clouds AO and SEArch won NASA's Mars Habitat Competition with a 3D-printed house made of ice; would Martian concrete have been a simpler option?. Image © Clouds AO and SEArch

"All we need now are a new generation of Martian architects to design buildings made of Martian concrete that will be suitable structures for humans to live and work in," concludes the MIT Technology Review in their report on a new type of concrete designed for use on Mars.

Developed by scientists led by Lin Wan at Northwestern University, this "Martian concrete" is just one of many scientific developments that will be required for the increasingly popular goal of sending humans to, and eventually colonizing, the Red Planet (apparently the un-colonized Moon is already old hat - just ask Matt Damon).

Exhibition "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects"

10:05 - 14 December, 2015
Exhibition "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects"

Darkness, light, warmth, cold, silence and sound – the ground zero of creating space – are the focus of a mystical experimental exhibition currently open at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn.

An attempt to speak about space, its creator and its user as a coherent whole, the exhibition acts as an intimate meeting with professionals who create the environments we inhabit. "Expedition Wunderlich: 11 Interior Architects" is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 hour at a time (12 pm – 1 pm).

Call for Ideas: Closed Worlds Design Competition

06:50 - 6 November, 2015
Call for Ideas: Closed Worlds Design Competition, Earth as seen on July 6, from a distance of almost one million miles by a NASA scientific camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Credit: NASA.
Earth as seen on July 6, from a distance of almost one million miles by a NASA scientific camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Credit: NASA.

What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.

UTS Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015

02:30 - 1 November, 2015
UTS Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015, Knowledge Spaces - Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015
Knowledge Spaces - Interior & Spatial Design Graduate Show 2015

Please join us for food and refreshments at Pier 2/3 to see the innovative showcase of spaces from the UTS Interior & Spatial Design students.

Architecture in Space: NASA Seeks Architect's Opinion on Habitat Design for Astronauts

00:00 - 26 February, 2013

Currently in the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Interim Design Center parking lot, students are constructing a 30 foot experimental structure that expands on the notion of housing astronauts in space. Funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the year-long research and experimentation project challenges students to design a vertical habitat capable of housing four astronauts in space for a period of 60 days. Not only is this an extreme case of micro-living, but to design a living quarters with no orientation, where walls, floors and ceilings are non-existent, is unworldly.

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Casa Océano / SPACE

12:00 - 29 September, 2012
© Pim Schalkwijk
© Pim Schalkwijk

Architects: SPACE Location: Pedregal, Mexico City, Mexico Chief Designer: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Jimena Fernández Navarra Design Team: Sergio Gaytán, Ana Mallón Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Pim Schalkwijk

© Pim Schalkwijk © Pim Schalkwijk © Pim Schalkwijk © Pim Schalkwijk + 16