MARSTOPIA

An out of this world challenge...

Welcome to our 9th international ideas and design competition, the official sequel to our 2016 award-winning challenge Moontopia. In this competition, we continue our adventures in space and invite you to imagine Marstopia: the first human colony on the Red Planet.

What does Martian vernacular design look like? You decide.

Today, science fiction dreams of turning mankind into a multi-planetary species are well within our reach. As scientific and technological breakthroughs are fuelling a renewed space race, it is becoming increasingly clear that the colonization of Mars is achievable - and very probable - within our lifetime.

In the contemporary discussion of Martian colonization, the focus is predominantly on the science and technological aspects of getting to the Red Planet. As visionary space tech companies are paving the way for ground-breaking Martian exploratory missions, where does this leave the creative industries? Despite dates being set for missions to Mars by governments and private companies like SpaceX, there is still a huge gap in the field of Martian architecture and extra-terrestrial design.

This gap represents the genesis of Marstopia: a competition designed to get the creative community engaged with this new field of design and generate visions of future worlds beyond ours.

As the dream of turning mankind into a multi-planetary species is turning into a foreseeable reality, we are confronted with a whole new set of questions, parameters, opportunities and challenges. What is a Martian settlement? How will our new extra-terrestrial world look like? How will it function? How can we create colonies which could grow from small exploratory outposts to fully-functioning towns and cities allowing mankind to not only survive but thrive in a new, alien and hostile environment?

In this competition, we challenge you - architects, designers, creatives and visionaries - to engage with the contemporary hot topic of extra-terrestrial living and invite you to conceptualize your unique vision of Marstopia.

We are bringing the debate on Martian colonization to the creative fields. Do you see Martian living as an exciting prospect, or as a step too far? Is living on Mars an inspiring Utopia or a questionable Dystopia? Whatever your stance, this competition provides a platform for creative expression on the future of design and architecture beyond our planet.

Marstopia is open to all creatives – both professionals and/or students – from around the world.

Come and define the future of design with us.


 


Competition Friend & Partner:

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Awards:

Awards are per team and are as follows:

Winner

£2,000

+ Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

+ Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame

+ SPONSORSHIP courtesy of Mars City Design™ to attend an exclusive 10-day workshop and space-architecture mentorship programme in Los Angeles, valued at $3,000 per person. [1]

Runner-Up

£400

+ Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Honourable Mentions

X6

No cash prize (boo)… but lots of glory nonetheless (yay)!

+ Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

Peoples' Choice

£100

+ Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

+ Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame

[1] About Mars City Design™ Sponsorship:
Our competition friends Mars City Design™ will grant the winning team access to an exclusive 10 day summer workshop in Los Angeles on Mars architecture including a mentorship programme to develop the design concept further with leading space agencies, VIP visits to space companies and JPL NASA, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to network with professionals, pioneers and visionaries in the space industry. Valued at $3,000/person. Workshop scheduled for August 2018. (Please Note: Exact dates of workshop to be confirmed. Sponsorship does not include travel to and from LA and hospitality.)


In addition, all awarded entries will be given a free voucher to enter one of Eleven’s future competitions (one voucher per team) and will be featured on Issue No.3 of Eleven’s new bi-monthly digital magazine, published on the 11th June 2018.

Jury:

Meet our panel of world class experts, pioneers and fellow designers:

Vera Mulyani

CEO and Founder of Mars City Design™

Vera Mulyani

CEO and Founder of Mars City Design™

ZA Architects

Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva

ZA Architects

Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva

SEArch

First Place in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars

SEArch

First Place in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars

Monika Lipinska, Inci Lize Ogun & Laura Olivier

Moontopia Competition Winners

Monika Lipinska, Inci Lize Ogun & Laura Olivier

Moontopia Competition Winners

Marc Guberman

Team Leader of Mars Habitat Project and Partner, Fosters + Partners

Marc Guberman

Team Leader of Mars Habitat Project and Partner, Fosters + Partners

Jessie Andjelic

Co-founder of SPECTACLE & Head of Mars Studio, University of Calgary

Jessie Andjelic

Co-founder of SPECTACLE & Head of Mars Studio, University of Calgary

Andrew Aldrin

Director, Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI)

Andrew Aldrin

Director, Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI)

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Lecturer, Researcher and Director of IDEA Architecture

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Lecturer, Researcher and Director of IDEA Architecture

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

But there is more... The general public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite entry while the jury deliberates behind the scenes. The project with the most public votes will win the People's Choice Award.

Competition Timeline:

  • 11 November 2017: Registration Opens. Early Bird discounted fee applies.
  • 1 December: Early Bird discounted fee ends. Standard Registration fee applies.
  • 1 March 2018: Standard Registration fee ends. Late fee applies.
  • 11 March 2018 @ 11AM (UK Time): Competition closes. All entries are due for submission!
  • 13 March: Public voting opens online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 10 May @ 11AM (UK Time): Public voting closes online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 11 May: Winners and awarded entries are announced. Time to celebrate!
  • 11 June: Publication on the 3rd Issue of Eleven’s new bi-monthly (first issue out Feb 2018)
  • August (date TBC): Winning team invited to attend an exclusive 10 day summer workshop and mentorship programme in Los Angeles on Mars architecture, courtesy of Mars City Design™.

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird: £60 per team
  • Standard: £80 per team
  • Late Bloomer: £100 per team

Registration Requirements:

Open to students and/or professionals competing as individuals or as teams of up to four people.

Submission Requirements:

Two landscape A1 digital sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models are optional but encouraged. Projects to be submitted online by the 11th March 2018 by 11AM (UK Time).

Accessing the Full Brief:

This is a condensed synopsis of the competition brief. A full competition brief will be provided in PDF format after registration.

F.A.Q:

  • Q1: Who can register?
  • A1: Anyone is welcome to register, be it students, professionals or enthusiasts.
  • Q2: How many people are allowed per team?
  • A2: A maximum of four people are allowed per team.
  • Q3: How many projects can one team submit? 
  • A3: One project per team entry is allowed. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times. If this is the case, please email info@eleven-magazine.com.
  • Q4: Where can I access the full brief? 
  • A4: A full PDF brief, containing all of the competition materials and detailed information is accessible once you register for the competition. However, if you have any questions about the brief or the competition prior to entering, please feel free to email a member of our team on info@eleven-magazine.com. Be sure to put ‘MARSTOPIA’ as the subject line of the email so that we can prioritise your response and get back to you quicker.
  • Q5: When do we have to give you the names of all the members of the team? Before or after the payment of the fee?
  • A5: After. You can add/remove/update your team members through your competition portal, which you will gain access to after you register. You will be able to amend this until the day you submit your project.
  • Q6: How do I submit my work?
  • A6: Online through your competition portal, which you get access to once you register. More information about the nitty gritty of submission criterias are found in the competition brief which you will be able to download once you register… so don’t leave your registration to the last minute!
  • Q7: How do I register for the competition?
  • A7: Simply click on ‘JOIN’ and follow the instructions. Please note that you will have to have an account with Eleven before you register, but this takes 2 minutes to do and is 100% FREE. We value our user community and your privacy. All account details are strictly confidential to Eleven.
  • Q8: What forms of payment do you accept?
  • A8: The quickest and easiest way is to pay with your PayPal account or with your Credit/Debit card. This will give you instant access to the competition and brief. Alternatively, we do accept Bank Transfers, but in this case your registration will be activated as soon as payments clear in our account only. This may take 5-7 days from when you instruct your bank, so if you are planning to pay via Bank Transfer, please leave yourself plenty of time to do so!
  • Q9: Are there any discounts for multiple teams entering the competition?
  • A9: Yes, there are! If you are a practice, an academic institution or a university who wishes to enter multiple teams in the competition, then please email us in regards on info@eleven-magazine.com for more information. Be sure to put ‘MARSTOPIA’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.

How can we help?

Need any help or wish to enter as an academic institution with multiple teams? Then please get in touch. Email Us