wildcat2030:

With a projected settlement date of 2025, the Mars One project has received over 200,000 applications for the one way trip to the Red Planet. But creating a living, sustainable community on the distant planet for the select inhabitants will require not only unique technological and engineering solutions, but also novel architectural systems. Bryan Versteeg is a conceptual designer who’s been working with the Mars One team in anticipation of the planet’s eventual colonization. (via SpaceHabs: One man’s architectural vision for colonizing Mars)

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arkitekcher:

Launchspire  Henry Smith, Adam Woodward, Paul Attkins

eVolo: 2014 Skyscraper Competition - Honorable Mention

- A cylindrical matrix of super tall structure centered on an electromagnetic vertical accelerator to eliminate the hydrocarbon dependency of aircraft during takeoff. The radical re-interpretation of the skyscraper format provides hyper density in an organic and adaptive habitat.

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This Eco-Village Is An Environmentalist’s Dream

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut writes that in this town, “the precursory inhabitants are linked together by their citizen commitment for a new ecological ideal that is energetically efficient, collective, and sustainable.” It definitely sounds like a cult. A hyper-efficient one with awesome houses, though.  

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Orproject proposes huge sealed Bubble of clean air for Beijing
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According to a report by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, environmental conditions in China’s capital are so bad as to be “almost unfavorable for human living.” Officials have recently passed new laws and set aside billions of yuan to try and curb air pollution in Beijing, which has been recording some of its worst smog levels ever. Architecture firm Orproject has proposed the construction of a sealed canopy filled with clean air. Bubbles would cover a park and botanical garden, providing a healthy, temperature- and humidity-controlled oasis.In addition to providing locals with a clean, green sanctuary, Orproject suggests that surrounding buildings could also be connected to Bubble’s “controlled air system.” Apartments, offices, retail spaces and, in particular, medical facilities could all benefit from the idea, were it created. (via Orproject proposes huge sealed Bubble of clean air for Beijing)

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Paris-based Sitbon Architectes are proposing a conceptual phytoplankton farm that sits on the sea, breeding the ecologically vital microscopic organisms in a bid to produce more oxygen, while simultaneously removing excess carbon dioxide from the sea.
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