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Planet Earth's First Space Habitat

PREMISE

 

Physicist Stephen Hawking in 2017 reasserted his view that humans must become an interstellar species in the near future or risk “being annihilated”.

“The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive,” the professor said in a speech given via video link to the Starmus science conference in Trondheim, Norway.

Hawking has previously predicted that climate change, epidemics and population growth all pose major threats to our

survival on Earth. In November of 2016, he said humans would need to find a new planet within the next thousand years.

In May 2017, he shortened that prediction to 100 years.

“It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth” Hawking said. “To stay, risks being annihilated.”

With almost every human has a responsibility of the boundaries of how human civilizations survive and thrive - Architects and designers are no different. We need to push into the sky as soon as we can with whatever we have to make sure we expand before we go extinct.

 

 

PRESENT

 

With our childhoods full of stories about space odysseys, and missions like Appollo - Voyager - Saturn V, we have been surrounded by these adventures of human-kind raising the bar in the last century. But as we entered the 21st Century there has been an unignorable slowdown in how humans are pushing towards space.

A major reason for this has been the wave of accidents/launch fails and budget restraints due to the shift in political agendas in the 21st century. This has caused Government lead space agencies - to a slowdown with only them having the collective responsibility of space exploration.

Our take on earth conflicts have also changed how we see and spend our resources today. The argument begins where people compare spending for space exploration with a much huge population to feed. Its surprising to note that defense budget of many front lining countries is 30 times more as their space exploration budget. It clearly indicates human conflict as a major priority for humanity today than exploration, which is somehow a reflection of what people want in a predominantly democratic planet.

In 60’s (during the first manned mission to the moon) USA had 4.5% of total GDP spent on space program, and by 2018 - that spending has been shrunken to 0.5% today. At the same time mining out earth resources at an alarming rate combined with pollution, wars and climate change - the responsibility is not just left to space agencies but the people of this planet as well.

 

And that’s where Space Race 2.0 has begun

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AWARDS

Winner

1500 USD

Trophy + Medal + Certificates

(Open for Student & Professionals)

Runner - Up

750 USD

Medal + Certificate in each category

(Open for Student & Professionals)

People's Choice

500 USD

Trophy + Medal + Certificate

(Open for Students only)

People's Choice

500 USD

Trophy + Medal + Certificate

(Open for Professionals only)

Honorable Mention

300 USD

Medal + Certificate

(3 Awards open for Student)

Honorable Mention

300 USD

Medal + Certificate

(3 Awards open for Professionals)

Publication

All medal holders, and winners will get an elaborate section of publishing in the UNI 2019 design book, and on our partner websites.

 

Exhibition of Entries

Shortlisted entries will be featured on our website and will be awarded a certificate.

SCHEDULE

Early Registration: December 25, 2018

15$ Students, 25$ Professionals

 

Standard Registration: February 8, 2019

25$ Students, 40$ Professionals

 

Late Registration: March 25, 2019

35$ Students, 60$ Professionals

 

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2019

 

Public Voting begins: April 11, 2019

 

Public Voting ends: May 11, 2019

 

Result Announcement: May 20, 2019

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You will have to conceptualize the primary functions of this space habitat: 1. Staging, 2. Re-Fuelling, 3. Recreation, 4. Research-

Training, 5. Service / Maintenance - in terms of the given parameters of Radiation protection, Materials, Energy, Transporation,

Communication and Life support.

 

  • A maximum of 8 – Sheets in portrait digital format (1440 x 2540 px) (JPEG)
  • Answer 4 mandatory questions and 2 self-formulated questions in the discussion section.
  • Minimum requisites in the sheets (For a complete submission):
  • Key plan (Compulsory) with span dimensions
  • Key cut through conceptual sections x 2 (Minimum)
  • 3D views x 2
  • Cover image of size 2000 x 800 px or larger in aspect ratio 5 : 2.
  • Floor plans, images, sketches (if any) can be added to support the entry in the form of additional images.

 

  • Use exploded views to discuss multi-leveled conceptual models better.
  • Ensure that the final sheets which are submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification. Also mention a small sheet number on corner of every sheet.
  • To learn about the best practices of submission refer to this pdf here. https://goo.gl/fmmcP7

 

The submission of the entry has to happen on our submission portal at uni.xyz only with the format given on the website. No other mode of submissions will be accepted. In order to avoid last minute rush, plan and try uploading your entries prior to the submission deadline . Check this video tutorial of how to make the submission on the platform .

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The competition is open to all students and professionals (Worldwide).
  2. Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  3. This competition is open for both students and professionals.
  4. Team size is maximum of 4 members per team.
  5. All disciplines are eligible.
  6. Team: Teams with all student participants (with valid id’s required) will be categorized under student teams.
  7. Teams with even one professional participant will be categorized under professional team.

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