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)
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:
- Running water and electricity: A submitted design must be capable of supporting at least 5,000 kWh (18 million kJ) of electricity and at least 480,000 U.S. gallons (400,000 imp. gal., 1,800 m3, or 1.8 million L) of running water per Earth year.
- Hazardous materials: A submitted design may not contain asbestos, and may include lead only for radiation-shielding purposes in categories that require it. Any other hazardous materials provided in the design must be clearly stated,
serve a legitimate purpose that cannot be reasonably served by a non-hazardous material, and be minimized throughout the structure.
- Dimensions: A submitted design must fit in a New Chicago lot; dimensions vary and more specific dimensions can be found by hovering over the Mission 1 plat, but in general the lots are
124 feet (37.80 m) by 25 feet (7.62 m). There are also height limits on account of the dome, which are as follows:
Height restrictions by lot
|Lots adjoining Dearborn Street
||140 feet (42.67 m)
|Lots to the east of Plymouth Court
||260 feet (79.25 m)
|Lots to the west of State Street
||310 feet (94.49 m)
|Lots to the east of State Street
||320 feet (97.54 m)
|Lots adjoining Wabash Avenue
||140 feet (42.67 m)
- Origin of materials: A submitted design must be constructed of building materials that originate on Mars to the extent practicable, so that as much of the house as possible can be constructed in situ.
- Costings: A submitted design should to the extent practicable include an estimate for the total costs (in United States Dollars) to construct the house, either on Earth to be shipped to Mars or in situ on Mars.
- Miscellaneous: All electrical sockets and other connections to mains electricity shall be designed based on 120-volt Alternating Current (120V AC) in accordance with the
standards of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). In addition to the water and electricity requirements listed above reasonable
standards of habitability should be followed to the extent feasible under Martian conditions.
Administrative rules and the deadline are as follows:
- Deadline: All desgins must be submitted to email@example.com no later than August 31st, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central Time (September 1st, 2020, 4:59 UTC). Please indicate which category your design is in when you submit.
- Multiple submissions: You may submit multiple submissions to this contest; you may even submit multiple submissions in the same category.
- Preexisting designs: You may submit a design you submitted to another contest or have otherwise previously used, provided that
a) it follows the other rules of this contest,
b) you clearly mention its previous uses, and
c) it is not under any contract or agreement that prohibits or precludes our using it on Mars.
You may not submit a design from another person or entity; any plagiarism will be rejected, and if discovered after a contract has been awarded (see "Prizes" below) will result in that contract's rescission. Even if you don't claim a design as your own, we require that the designer be the submitter.
- Questions: Any questions should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the categories of the contest. All designs should fit the lot dimensions unless otherwise stated.
Categories and their descriptions
||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.
|The Country, unprotected general
||Submit any design that doesn't assume Earth atmosphere or radiation protection.
|The City, protected general
||Submit any design that fits the lot dimensions and assumes Earth atmosphere and radiation protection.
||Submit a design in the style of the bungalows of California.
||Submit a design in the style of the bungalows of Chicago.
||Submit a design in the style of Georgian architecture.
||Submit a design in the style of the housing of Harlem, New York.
||Submit a design in the style of the housing of Hyde Park, Chicago.
|Lower East Side
||Submit a design in the style of the housing of the Lower East Side, New York.
||Submit a design in the style of the housing of Pilsen, Chicago.
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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