Architecture contest

By the time this century is out, whether by this company or someone else, there will be people who inhabit Mars permanently. You can help design the homes they live in. Read on for this opportunity to design the living conditions of our future settlers to the Red Planet.

Overview   Rules and deadline   Categories   Prizes

(New Chicago home   CSTSC home)

Overview

The overall goal of this contest is to allow and solicit space architects to design the houses of Martian settlers, providing blueprints and renditions. These houses designed in the context of the proposed Martian settlement of New Chicago, and should be designed to fit in its lots. There are different categories in this competition reflecting different such conditions as architectural styles and whether reasonably Earth-like conditions can be assumed. We intend to place the city limits within a glass dome wherein atmospheric pressure is similar to Earth, and to provide for a radiation shield, so houses in certain categories need not provide for those elements. However, those plans for a dome and/or radiation shield may fall through, and we may plan to settle areas immediately outside the city limits, so certain categories require that provision of those elements be incorporated into the building.

Rules and deadline

There are a few rules and guidelines for house designs in particular:

Administrative rules and the deadline are as follows:

Categories

Here are the categories of the contest. All designs should fit the lot dimensions unless otherwise stated.

Categories and their descriptions
Category Description Assume Earth atmosphere and radiation protection?
The City, unprotected general Submit any design that fits the lot dimensions and doesn't assume Earth atmosphere or radiation protection. No
The Country, unprotected general Submit any design that doesn't assume Earth atmosphere or radiation protection. No
The City, protected general Submit any design that fits the lot dimensions and assumes Earth atmosphere and radiation protection. Yes
California Bungalow Submit a design in the style of the bungalows of California. Yes
Chicago Bungalow Submit a design in the style of the bungalows of Chicago. Yes
Georgian Submit a design in the style of Georgian architecture. Yes
Harlem Submit a design in the style of the housing of Harlem, New York. Yes
Hyde Park Submit a design in the style of the housing of Hyde Park, Chicago. Yes
Lower East Side Submit a design in the style of the housing of the Lower East Side, New York. Yes
Pilsen Submit a design in the style of the housing of Pilsen, Chicago. Yes

Prizes

There will be a winner in each category. We will contact the winners and negotiate a contract to use the winning designs to sell to settlers; the designer will receive a portion of the revenue from those sales. (We do reserve the right to modify designs as we see fit prior to such sales.) Winners will be named along with their designs when sales occur. Even designers who do not receive contracts will very likely be contacted in the future for subsequent designs and consultation.

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