Talk: Mars Ice House: A new habitat design for the exploration of Mars

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A Talk by SEArch/Clouds AO

Water is the basis for life. Our solar system turns out to be increasingly saturated with water. More than five million cubic kilometers of water ice have been identified on Mars, enough to cover the planet to a depth of thirty five meters. The Mars Ice House project taps into this vast supply of water ice to propose an autonomously 3d printed habitat for four explorers. The project has been awarded first place in NASA's Centennial Challenge Mars Habitat Competition, and is slated for a full scale prototype in the next phase.

SEArch’s collaboration builds upon a ten-year portfolio combining teaching and practice through academic space projects and research at Columbia University and Pratt Institute in association with the Human Factors division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). SEArch’s collective work has made multiple presentations to international space and architectural symposiums and design programs Including: NASA’s JSC Constellation Program (Ciardullo, Lents), participation on the 2015 Caltech Challenge winning design (Montes), and the 2016 X-HAB Innovation Challenge award for Human Centered: Designs for a Mars Transit Habitat at Pratt Institute (Morris), which evolved from his 2014 participation as an SME in the Net Habitable Volume Consensus Session for a Mars transit habitat for NASA in 2014.

Clouds Architecture Office has produced a number of built and speculative projects distilled from research and analysis that explores the intersection between conceptual and experiential approaches to the built environment. Their work includes the publication of 'Third Sphere,' an article describing a suspended city based on the principle of the space elevator (Kerb Journal, 2012) and 'Comet Runner' which envisioned harnessing a comet for interplanetary exploration (Dezeen, 2015). In 2014, they were nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize, and in 2015 Clouds AO received the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Honor Award.