Architecture of the Apocalypse – Using Space Technology to colonize earth again after Apocalypse
EARTH is a doomed planet and if humans do not act fast, humanity faces going down with the ship, Professor Stephen Hawking warned in his last book.
Hawking predicted that the earth would turn into a giant ball of fire by 2600 and humans would need to colonize another planet or face extinction. However, many possible scenarios of anthropogenic extinction have been proposed; such as human global nuclear annihilation, biological warfare or the release of a pandemic-causing agent, overpopulation, ecological collapse, and climate change.
Whilst there is a notorious race that burst to colonize space and the celestial bodies in it. It is almost the same technology developed for that purpose that could save us here on earth after the apocalyptic event to survive through any dystopian future.
Life exists on Earth only because it balances unsteadily in a delicate and fragile way but precise. Our atmosphere, proximity to the sun, and countless other proper conditions not only permit living things to survive and evolve but also thrive.
The life on this planet likely won’t cease until billions of years from now. But, depending on the scientists and astrophysics, it could also happen tomorrow or anytime in between.
At that time could space technology we develop to colonize other planets be useful to re-colonize earth again? It is dystopian but realistic that someday we will have to deal with our mother Earth as an extra-terrestrial planet.
An extreme environment is a habitat that is considered very hard to survive in for life forms due to its considerably extreme conditions such as:
Scarcity of Oxygen in the atmosphere with high levels of toxicity in the air
High levels of radiations (Alpha, Beta & Gamma rays) due to a possible nuclear catastrophic event.
Lack of Flora and Fauna.
Extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night
The rise of Sea levels due to the melting of ice on both North and south poles.
Contamination of Earth water bodies with continuous acidic rain showers
Lack of sunlight due to heavy cloud cover
It is your mission if you choose to accept it, to design a self-sufficient, closed-loop life support system that can support regenerative life for the minimum viable population (MVP). The MVP for this competition is 160 human beings on any location on earth after the extinction-level event where any location on earth will be an extremely harsh environment as any extraterrestrial planet.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention x 12: 500$ Each
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
The challenge is open worldwide for anyone to participate.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes May 2, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project May 13, 2020
Winners announcement Date June 23, 2020
Location of Competition