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An important stage in human evolution consists in colonizing the cosmic space. The expansion on our planet’s surface is limited because the demographic explosion. A good alternative of this expansion, which draws after itself a lot of applications that will come handy to Earth, is the expansion in outter space.

Short-term objectives:
The foundation of the first space colony;
Exploiting and refining resources from Moon, Mars and other cosmic bodies;
Exploration of the cosmic space.

Long-term objectives:
Terraformation;
A first defense system of Earth against cosmic bodies that are heading towards it
(detecting those bodies long before the impact);
The salvation of human race from perishing.

Transportation to the Moon will be done with a future rocket model based on the now discontinued
X-33 by NASA and Lockheed.

The settlement has to be able to face the harsh conditions present on the Moon, so special systems will be necessary to: create atmosphere, temperature, electricity, water and recycling prime elements. Low gravitational force also represents a problem; long exposure may create anatomical problems: respiratory disorders, problems in fluid circulations, bone deterioration, muscle degeneration etc. so a permanent stay on the moon is not recommended (these problems can be addressed in future stages, with the construction of a torus-shaped building which will impose artificial gravity through centrifugal force of 9,81N/kg).

Atmosphere: temperature: optimal 22oC – perfect conditions for humans and plants – which will be kept through ventilation shafts and radiators mounted in the inner walls of large constructions; humidity: for optimal 22oC, necessary relative humidity is 40%; greenhouses humidity 70%.

Energy storage: Flywheel Energy Storage, NASA

Lunar soil, also called regolith, has a special importance due to its composition and properties. Amongst the most important elements we can extract from it is oxygen, which can be used to produce water (in lack of) and atmosphere. Titanium can also be found in regolith. Other elements such as silicon, calcium, aluminium, magnesium etc. can be used as materials for various components: walls, pipes, solar panels etc. Lunar soil has also the quality of filtering or even stopping solar radiations very efficiently, thus being an important element regarding the design.

The soil will be collected by robots and compacted until it will have a high density, then it will be
3D printed on a special structure which will absorb the shock in case of minor collisions of every kind. This structure is designed parametrical for maximum rigidity.

Titanium: not used in this project, but esential for future space architecture.
Titanium’s composites are a good solution for a future exterior coating because of its asperity, great resistance to deformities, resistance to cracks, resistance to high temperatures and also very long life. This element can be found in large quantities on the surface of the moon. On Earth, its presence is an important factor to the research that will be conducted to build the plants necessary for extracting this material from lunar soil.

An important step in collecting the Moon’s resources is the construction of mines and factories that help in separating the elements we need. The most efficient mines would be the surface ones, but when they will not satisfy, other depth mines can be used although they will be harder to exploit. For this project, I chose for the mines to be built inside Malapert Mt. Another advantage of lunar industry is that resource materials are easier to use and store in this environment where gravitational force is very low. The separting plant will be the place where ilmenite will be adapted and divised into composite elements, including oxygen:
FeTiO3 + H2 -> Fe + TiO2 + H2O -> H2 + 1/2 O2

For the settlement to function properly we need to design systems to create heat and electricity.
The necessary heat can be offered by placing mirrors that wil concentrate solar light into one point, creating the heat necesary for life support and industry. The electricity will be obtained by placing solar panels on top of Malapert Mt. (>90% constant light). The panels used are made by Boeing Spectrolab and offer an efficiency of >40%, which makes them the most efficient solar panels available yet. Also, the existence of a fission reactor will be necessary. Hydrogen can be recycled, so a certain amount would be sufficient. Water could also be produced by combining with O2, besides the vast quantities found at Shackleton Crater. Quartz pipes can be used for UV filtration of the water.

Communications antaenna will be situated into Shackleton Crater. Circumlunar stations will also be built, in the same time revitalizing the past landing sites.

For ensuring the most efficient security system, the settlement will be divided into sectors. The security systems will be carefully designed for worst case scenarios. Airlocks will be used at the end of every connection tube.

Eleven's competitions are the ideal arena for generating pro-active international think-tanks in a whole variety of contemporary hot topics and contexts: from social issues to environmental threats, new technologies, shifting urban landscapes, exotic ecological havens, product design, fashion and - why not - even outer space!

We love competitions because they are instrumental in highlighting emerging talent and starting design-led revolutions around the world.

Our challenges have had exhibitions in Europe and the USA,  published in multiple international magazines such as the Architecture Review, the AJ, Dezeen, Archdaily and Designboom, and consistently win awards year after year.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:

2015 - Our inaugural competition 'Cambodia' wins the 3rd place in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards, and Eleven is officially in business.

2016 - 'Moontopia' is featured as 7th in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards.

2017 - Eleven becomes the most popular competition portal in the world with a double-whammy placement two competitions - 'Rome' (winning 3rd place) and 'Planetarium' (arriving in 5th place) - being featured in the top-5 places in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards.

2018 - Watch this space...

Cambodia 2015 Jury Team:

Andrew Maynard (Andrew Maynard Architects), Arthur Andersson (Andersson-Wise), Camillo Boano (The Bartlett, UCL), Christine Murray (Editor in Chief, Architectural Review), Elena Douvlou (Metropolitan University of Athens), Ingrid Bille (BilleByeSheid), Massimo Forese (+39 Architects), Mathilde Marengo (IAAC, Barcelona), Perry Hopper (Grimshaw), Shaun O'Rourke (BAC), Tom Kundig (Olson Kundig), Andrea Verenini (Editor, Eleven).

* This event was run in support of the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) charity.

San Francisco 2016 Jury Team:

Amy Frearson (Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen), The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), Carlos Arnaiz (CAZA), Chris White (BIG), Hasdai Westbrook (Editor, Impact Design Hub), John Barton (Dean of Architecture, Stanford University), Jonny McKenna (Metropolitan Workshop), Karen Nelson (Dean, BAC), Leon Roast (BIG), Lewis Knight (Gensler), Kristi Loui (Gensler), Matthew Mazzotta (MIT), NAP+P Architects (Winner of Cambodia 2015: consisting of members Natthapol Pongplanchai, Planin Chantalert, Porncharoen Orbanratmanee, Pratchaya Lertruck Sadee), Roger Hawkins (Hawkins/Brown), Trent Tesch (KPF), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in support of the Project Night Night charity. 

Moontopia Jury Team:

ASPECT Studios (Winners of San Francisco 2016), Alberto Villanueva Galindo (IDEA Architecture Office), The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), Brent Sherwood (NASA), Christina Ciardullo (Carnegie Mellon University), Kriss J. Kennedy (NASA), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Biomimicry Jury Team:

Alexander Walter (Editor, Archinect & Bustler), Jan Utzon (Utzon Associates Architects), Richard James MacCowan (Biomimicry Institute UK), Timothy McGee (LikoLab), Yaniv Peer (Exploration Architecture), Marko Brajovic (Atelier Marko Brajovic), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Rome 2017 Jury Team:

Patrik Schumacher (Director, Zaha Hadid Architects), Francesco Gatti (3Gatti), Francesco Lipari (OFL Architecture / Cityvision Magazine), Emanuel Jalbert (In Situ), Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci (SET Architects), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Planetarium Jury Team:

Christina Ciardullo (Architectural Designer and Educator), Thomas Wang (Partner, Ennead Architects), Lars Lindberg Christensen (Head of Education and Public Outreach, ESO), Dan Goods (Artist in Residence, NASA JPL), Eric Hanson (Founder and Partner, xRez Studio), Jim Sweitzer (Astrophysicist and Museum Consultant), Stephen Dubois (Secretary, Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society), Charles Beichman (Executive Director, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech / NASA JPL), Dennis Cohen (Creative Director and Experience Designer, Ralph Applebaum Associates),  Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in partnership with Christina Ciardullo and sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS)

Shelter 48 Jury Team:

Abeer Seikaly (Architect & Cultural Designer), Narinder Sagoo (Partner, Fosters + Partners), Hakan Gürsu (Founder & CEO, Designnobis), Amro Callam (Executive Director, Architecture for Society), Karina Ashrapova (Winner, Eleven's Biomimicry Competition), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven) Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* Poster graphics designed by Concept BRE

Safari (Matobo, Zimbabwe 2017) Jury Team:

Beks Ndlovu (CEO, African Bush Camps), Derek Solomon (Animal Behaviour and Communication Specialist/Author/Private Guide), Rob Janisch (Biomimicry and Genius of Nature Guru/Private Guide), Chris Browne (Owner, Fox Browne Creatives), Debra Fox (Owner, Fox Browne Creatives), Charlene Hewat (CEO, Environment Africa), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in partnership with African Bush Camps and also in support of their charity African Bush Camp Foundation.

Marstopia Jury Team:

Andrew Aldrin (Son of legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute), Alberto Villanueva Galindo (Architect and Academic, IDEA Architecture Office), Jessie Andjelic (Founding Partner of SPECTACLE and Head of Mars Studio at the University of Calgary), Marc Guberman (Team Leader of the Mars Habitat Project and Partner at Fosters + Partners), Stefano Boeri (Founding Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti), SEArch Architects (Awarded first place in NASA’s 3D Printed Mars Habitat Challange), Vera Mulyani (CEO and Founder, Mars City Design), ZA Architects (Directors and Co-Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva), Monika Lipinska, Laura Olivier and Inci Ogun (Winners of Eleven's Moontopia Competition), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* Competition friend: Mars City Design

Macro to Micro Jury Team:

Adam Vickers (Managing Director of Squareyard Landscape Architecture), Wayne Hemingway (Chairman at CABE and Founder of Hemingway Design), Max Farrell (Senior Partner at Farrells), Lisa Kinch (Associate Architect at Farrells and Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture), Katy Lock (Policy Manager at Garden Cities and New Towns, Town and Country Planning Association), Steve Sheen (Housing Strategy and Partnerships Manager at Manchester City Council), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event is run in partnership with BETA Events, sponsored by Square Yard, and is part of the event BETA Housing 2018 (12 July, Manchester, UK).

Malecon (Havana) Jury Team:

Peter Noever (Professor, Principle at No/Ever Design and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Wolf D. Prix (Professor, Principle/CEO at COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Theodore Hoerr (Founding Principal, Terrain Work), Paul Bulkeley (Design Director, Snug Architects), Carl Prusha (Professor, Director at CP Architects and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Carlos Arnaiz (Founding Partner, CAZA), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Plastic Worlds Jury Team:

Chris Precht (Founding Partner, Penda), Luca Maccarinelli (Associate, Spark* Architects), Michael Pawlyn (Founder, Exploration Architecture), Richard James MacCowan (Founder, Biomimicry UK), Safia Qureshi (CEO, CupClub), Shannon Royden-Turner (Founder, Actuality), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

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