In “A Pail of Air”, science-fiction writer Fritz Leiber imagines an ill-fated Earth, torn from the warmth of the Sun by a passing dark star. Without heat, the atmosphere freezes, precipitating into layers of terrestrial snow and leaving an inhospitable, vacuum-like landscape. One lonely family manages to survive this cataclysm by constructing a makeshift, leaky shelter. Here, life is sustained by scooping up pails of frozen oxygen from outside, which are placed by a central fire to thaw and replenish the space with breathable air. Indeed, air is one of the most immediate and vital resource needed for life functions, and much like the cold world described by Leiber, Mars has little of it. It’s an environment of extremes, with a dusty wisp of atmosphere, meeting frozen vistas where vital resources are locked beneath crimson regolith. To sustain life on Mars, yet alone entertain the dream of permanent habitation, we must first establish mediums within which all this may reside… pockets of air.
Pockets of Air is a proposition, not simply for a colony, but for a construction methodology that may help realize it. Automation is vital in the early stages of any such effort, due to the extreme environments that would, by necessity, prioritize sustaining human life over the broader objective of establishing a foothold. Similarly, the cost of importing material from Earth is prohibitive, justifying the need for building methods that utilize local resources. Embracing these restraints, autonomous agents are deployed to establish an orbital and surface infrastructure, with the capacity to operatively manipulate the Martian environment. These agents consist of an orbital “Solar-Array,” a ground-based “Seed-Module,” and a family of “Drones.” Because of limited solar radiation hitting any given point on the Martian surface, juxtaposed by the high energy requirements for certain manufacturing processes, the Solar-Array acts to subsidies required inputs. It captures additional sunlight directly, which it converts and transmits via lasers to the ground-based Seed-Module. The Seed-Module utilizes some of this energy for material processing, while redirecting surplus to peripheral drones. In concert, powered by the Solar-Array, the Seed-Module and Drones construct two-dimensional composite mesh membranes across prepared regolith surfaces. Upon completion, the Solar-Array refocuses its apertures, converting sunlight into microwave radiation that penetrates the regolith beneath these membranes. Just as the bucket of frozen air was thawed by a fire in Leiber’s fictional world, the heating of the subsurface-regolith causes off-gassing of volatiles, inflating the membranes to create pressurized, dome-like structure. Within the newly erected, enclosed environment, Drones engage in adaptive and subtractive manufacturing techniques, parametrically 3D printing structures and excavate the regolith.
By pairing historical architecture typologies with automation and emerging fabrication methods, a unique Martian Vernacular begins to emerge. With each new structure taking shape, a surficial-cellular-agglomeration of irregular, interconnected domes, housing a diversity of biospheres, begins to populate the landscape. These pockets of air create the spaces needed to establish a foothold, a medium in which everything else can happen.
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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...
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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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.
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
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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