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Monday, April 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM EDT

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Of the thesis entitled: Ares Infinite – Creating a 3D Printed Design Vernacular for an Evolving Research Station on Mars

Abstract:


This thesis proposes the design of a habitat built on Mars. It speculates on the usage of 3D print technology as a construction method to address the extreme environmental conditions of the planet, as well as the changing architectural and programmatic demands of an ever evolving Martian research station.

Collectively, our design inclinations for interplanetary habitation tend to be reminiscent of metal pods which are modular, prefabricated, and adaptable. Although these designs are effective in places like on the International Space Station, Mars poses drastically different site conditions.

Given its incredible distance from Earth, a developing Mars settlement will need its architecture to be constructed using in-situ materials to relinquish dependence on materials sent from Earth. Furthermore, the Martian base will require its method of procurement to also be flexible and repeatable to suit the changing research needs and occupancy. 3D printing technology offers an ideal solution to these problems since this technology allows for a hands-off, and highly flexible construction method.

This thesis will investigate the potential for an efficient evolution of a Mars habitat using 3D printing as a strategy; starting at the initial conception of the habitat as a temporary exploration outpost, then growing into a larger research station with a population comparable to those of the Antarctic research communities on Earth.

The examining committee is as follows:
 

Supervisor:

Terri Boake, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

David Correa, University of Waterloo

Philip Beesley, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

Vincent Hui, Ryerson University

 


The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Monday, April 23, 2018                
9:00 AM               

ARC 2003 

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
ARC 2003 - Photo Studio
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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