Mars City Design® Challenges 2020

  URBAN FARMING for EXTREME ENVIRONMENT  

In this time of crisis, envisioning how to live abundantly on another planet seems to be a far-off emergency. However, this critical time can also offer a new perspective, a change that in a long term, is necessary for the sake of our existence and evolution as human beings. This can also lead to technological discoveries and innovations. Seeing the vision for tomorrow may save today before it is too late!

When social distancing becomes a new discipline, our thoughts may suggest a new way to live and this maybe a new time to lead!

 

On Mars, the boundary between indoor and outdoor signifies life and death. The creation of spacesuits or Mars-suits is, in this context, crucial to face the outdoor challenges while protecting our human body. The habitat that are designed for this extreme environment itself becomes the "suit" for indoor activities, a living vessel that can sustain the long-term needs of the inhabitants. ​Designing a closed loop system for a habitat on Mars can start with how the food supply system works in full circle. It can lead our focus attention toward possible solutions on how to live sustainably at the time of crisis. 

Our quarantine time has been showing how this planet can use it to recover from the high level of carbon emission and speed consumerism. This also demands us to be creative on how to produce our life supplies more and more locally. 

Therefore, Mars City Design® is urging us to live and consume more consciously because this change can transition our living habit towards the one more sustainable, and that our next generations can use it to live on Mars. In the meantime we are also supporting Earth to have the time necessary to regrow its natural resources and restore its balance. 

 

"Shipping food to Mars could cost nearly $1 billion per person per year–so if people want to live there, growing food on the planet is a necessary step." --Adele Peters, Fast Company

 “Space farming is a perfect lens toward sustainability on our planet... we’re exploring, and by doing that facilitating new solutions for the food crisis on Earth.”--says Hennis, who is part of a group collaborating with MELiSSA  (The Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative).

The Challenge:

Designing some food supply systems that can produce a variety of menus for a crew of 9 people living for 2 years on Mars.

What kind of sustainable, remote controlled, augmented, indoor/outdoor modular urban farming could it be, what is the Earth application to it?

If you are interested in participating in this year's Mars City Design® Challenge to design an Urban Farming prototype,  please send us your biography or resume and request more details by registering before May 30th, 2020.

The PRIZE:

The winning designs are subject to be developed and built in our California desert.

REGISTRATION FEE

FREE Before April 15th,2020. 

$100 Before June 1st, 2020.

$250 Before July 15th, 2020.

$350 Last Minute July 16- 30th, 2020

Deadline Submission: August 31st, 2020 at 11:59PM

Winner announcement: October 1st, 2020

Silicon Beach, California

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