As the Earth becomes an increasingly unpleasant option for continued and sustainable habitation, our attention drifts towards life on other planets. Surely, we think after another morning squeezed into someone’s armpit on an overpriced train into work, things might be better on… Mars?
Back in 2015, Nasa — yep, them again — launched the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, competition which asked cosmically-minded creative types to envisage homes that’d work on Mars, the moon, and maybe even beyond.
A trio of finalists have now been announced, having been whittled down from 11 teams, each of which was asked to use modelling software to generate full-scale renderings of the dwellings they hope our great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren may one day get to reside in.
CNN reports that each of the resulting models has been evaluated for “architectural layout and aesthetics, as well as the feasibility of their construction and scalability, among other traits.”
Those lucky entrants are the jazzily-named NYC-based group SEArch+/Apis Cor, who presented a twisty-turny proposal, Team Zoperhous, who want to use a rover-robot to aid with the printing process, and the modular-minded Mars Incubator squad.
The final stage takes place in May and the trio of tech-boffins will have to produce scale models of its designs, using a 3D-printer. Think of as a sort of Great British Bake Off with less soggy bottoms and more opportunities to escape the wretched and ravage planet we are forced to call home.
You can get a glimpse into the life of the world to (maybe, possibly, hopefully) come below.
- Graphic designer Anne Büttner is drawn towards all-things bold, clashing and experimental
- Graphic designer Marie Ducrocq's future-facing aesthetics are supported by thorough research
- The poet laureate of Twitter Brian Bilston creates four new poems from Adobe Stock images
- Photographer Daniel Stier on how he transforms “cheap mass-produced things” into art
- Fragility, despair and boredom are the pillars to Madeleine Pfull’s paintings of elderly women
- Go on a quest for cheesy chips with Sarah Hingley’s choose your own adventure zine
- How Pelle Cass creates his jarring “still time-lapse” images
- Mozilla gives Firefox a new look that goes beyond the logo
- Spotify wants you to listen to more podcasts, so it's redesigned its app
- Say a sustainable hello to the world’s first fully compostable trainer
- Illustrator Faye Moorhouse has made a trilogy of zines about her cat
- Applications are now open for The Graduates 2019!