Ever imagine living on another planet — Mars, perhaps? The SCAD architecture department went past imagination with one professor, seven students and their design for a sustainable housing solution for Earth and beyond.
Their design, titled Mars Artificial Atmospheric Envelope (M.A.A.E.), was submitted to the NASA and America Makes 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. As a new $2.25 million competition, the challenge is to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.
M.A.A.E. is designed with a resilient shell made from advanced 3-D printing technologies and available natural resources to protect against the extreme conditions found on Mars. The approach of the creation focuses on a human-centric design in order to provide for the inhabitants' psychological and physiological well-being. Ideally, the location of this design is inside the Gale crater due to the found layers of in-situ material, natural shelter from extreme windstorms, potential water source and proximity to the Mars Curiosity Rover. The team also designed a more advanced, Mars-sustainable 3-D printer to aid in the creation of M.A.A.E.
On August 10, team MP1-S7 from the summer 2015 Architectural Craft and Tectonics (ARCH 428/728) class received notification as a finalist within the competition. Starting as entry #142 out of over 200 contestants, MP1-S7 currently stands within the top 30 submissions. Now they prepare for the first official phase of the event: the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York on September 26 and 27.
Professor Ryan Bacha leads the talented group of SCAD students that make up MP1-S7: Charles A. Drummond (M.Arch, candidate), Noe A. Figueroa (B.F.A., architecture and sculpture, senior), Karishma A. Goradia (M.Arch, candidate), Cameron N. Hoskins (M.Arch, candidate), Alex Morales (B.F.A., architecture, junior), Alsharif Khaled M. Naha (B.F.A., architecture, senior) and Jordan Rich (B.F.A., architecture, senior).
Phase one of the competition requires the participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts, which take advantage of the distinct capabilities 3-D printing offers. At this stage, judgement awards a prize purse of $50,000. MP1-S7 will present a scaled 3-D printed model, approximately 18”x18”x14”, created at SCAD’s Fahm Hall.
Phase two includes two levels of challenges. Level 1, the Structural Member Competition, focuses on fabrication technologies needed to create the structural components from a combination of indigenous materials and recyclables. Level 2, the On-Site Habitat Competition, tasks competitors to assemble full-scale habitats using native content or a combination of recyclables. Each level carries a $1.1 million prize.
With three more weeks until the World Maker Faire, we wish team MP1-S7 the best of luck!