Michael Morris of SEArch+ presents the latest work of the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge at Pratt Institute.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
Jake Robins of the WeMartians podcast has released a new episode on the Mars Ice Home concept featuring Kelsey Lents of SEArch+ and Jeff Montes of Clouds AO. To listen in, visit: http://www.wemartians.com/home/019
Mars Ice House is now on display at the Vitra Design Museum as part of a newly opened exhibition titled "Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine." The exhibition, "Hello Robot," on view at the Vitra Design Museum from February 11th through May 14th, 2017. For more information please visit: Hello Robot: Design Between Human and Machine.
From the exhibition's website:
"Hello, Robot." introduces us to robots in four steps. The first section of the exhibition traces the fascination that artificial humans have long exerted on people in the modern age and looks at how popular culture has shaped our perception of robots. The second section is devoted to the field in which robotics first made a breakthrough: industry and the world of work. Whereas robots are typically perceived in this context as a threat to jobs, "Hello, Robot." looks at the current debate on this subject from a number of very different perspectives. The spectrum of exhibits ranges here from classic industrial robots to an installation by the group RobotLab, in which a robot produces manifestos on a production line, thus questioning where the boundary lies between work that can be automated and human creativity. The third section of the exhibition shows how we are gradually coming face to face with the new technology – as a friend and helper in our everyday lives, in our households, in nursing care, as a digital companion, or even in cybersex. The fourth section looks at the increasing blurring of the boundaries between humans and robots – exemplified by our living in »learning« buildings, traveling through »smart cities«, or having smart sensors implanted in our bodies.
“After a day dedicated to identifying needs, goals and constraints we rapidly assessed many crazy, out of the box ideas and finally converged on the current Ice Home design, which provides a sound engineering solution,” said Langley senior systems engineer Kevin Vipavetz, facilitator for the design session.
NASA Langley Research Center
On December 10, 2016 the X-Hab Academic Innovation course presented four final project proposals for Mars Surface Habitats, culminating the fall semester. The course, taught by Michael Morris, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman and previously by Melodie Yashar, will continue in the Spring semester to produce functional prototypes of the designs.
Melodie Yashar of SEArch+ and Masayuki Sono presented Mars Ice House as part of a panel on Art & Creativity in Space as part of the Innovative City Forum, hosted by the Mori Building Co. on October 19, 2016. An interview with Melodie preceding the presentation discusses the significance of space architecture within the discourse of design for extreme environments, found here.
On July 30, 2016 the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo opened its latest exhibition The Universe and Art featuring an exhibit of the Mars Ice House proposal. The Mars Ice House installation is featured within Section 4 of the exhibition, entitled Space Travel and the Future of Humanity:
As an era of space travel for all draws closer, this section offers artists’ visions of the relationships people will have with the universe, and how our lives will change in the future. There will also be displays on the history of the US and Soviet space programs, plus the latest from the frontline of modern space development including JAXA’s International Space Station (ISS)/Kibo Educational Payload Observation Pilot Mission, Mars Ice House, and Project by Team Hakuto.
The exhibition runs from July 30, 2016 to January 9, 2017.
On July 14, 2016 an exclusive exhibition honoring Pratt Institute's Mars X-Hab studio course opened to the public, featuring the final prototypes from the course taught by SEArch member Michael Morris, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, and SEArch member Melodie Yashar. The exhibition kicks off "Space Week" at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan.
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School of Architecture faculty members Christina Ciardullo and Daragh Byrne designed and led the Mars Studios as part of CMU's Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) Network. Students from any major can pursue one of eight IDeATe minors or concentrations.
SEArch was invited to participate in a week-long collaborative workshop exploring a concept for an ice habitat on Mars. In collaboration with structural engineers, materials scientists, radiation experts and others, a conceptual proposal for an inflated ice-habitat is currently under development.