How Architects Design For “Escaping From Planet Earth”
Interstellar Lab: Design for Mars Inhabitation
In the Mojave Desert, California, USA, a network of self-sustaining biomes by the Paris-based research group Interstellar Lab will be built by 2021, to study how future generations could best live in the complicated environment of Mars. Dubbed EBIOS, short for Experimental Bio-regenerative Station, this Mars-ready village is designed as a closed-loop, environmentally-controlled village with regenerative life-support technology, including water treatment, waste management and food production to ensure a carbon-neutral footprint, zero waste and nature preservation. Once built, EBIOS will be able to produce and recycle water, food and energy for up to 100 people. In addition to the bubble-shaped public green space, EBIOS also includes labs, art and music facilities.
Rendering of EBIOS, the Mars-ready Village Source: https://www.interstellarlab.earth
Proteus Unveiled: World’s Biggest Underwater International Space Station
Recently, oceanographer, marine conservationist and film producer Fabien Cousteau and industrial designer Yves Béhar unveiled their design for Proteus, the underwater version of the International Space Station (ISS) on the deepest ocean floor. With its structure inspired by the shape of coral polyps, Proteus will be built with non-cuttable material, to serve as the world’s most advanced underwater research site and habitat. Based on ISS and solely powered by wind, solar and ocean thermal energy, the two-story circular, spiral structure is able to adapt to the changing ocean floor, making it a safe and convenient “home”. In addition to its main structure, Proteus will be built with modular, protruding pods that can be attached, detached and upgraded to adapt to the specific needs of the mission at hand.
Rendering of Proteus, the Underwater International Space Station Source: https://www.fabiencousteauolc.org