Register: MAY/09/2019, Submit: MAY/19/2019, Eligibility: Professionals, architects, designers, engineers, visualizers, students; all professions; individually, (multidisciplinary) teams up to 4 members, Fee: Institutional 75 USD, professionals 30 USD, students 20 USD (until FEB/08/2019); institutional 125 USD, professionals 50 USD, students 30 USD (FEB/09 – MAR/25/2019); institutional 200 USD, professionals 70 USD, students 40 USD (MAR/26 – MAY/09/2019); Awards: 1st Prize: 1,500 USD, Runner-up: 750 USD, 2 People’s Choice (1 professional, 1 student): 500 USD each, 4 Honorable Mentions (2 professionals, 2 students): 200 USD each; Institutional Excellence Award
The Extreme Habitat Challenge (EHC) is one of the world’s most coveted competitions for habitat design. It recognizes exceptional ideas that redeﬁne habitat design through the implementation of innovative ideas, techniques, visual, construction, programmatic and futuristic organizations through architecture as a tool. EHC embarks itself of technological and engineering innovations which are about to go big, and sets architecture free to innovate more in these uncharted directions.
It is a one of its kind platform that promotes the relationship between the habitat + technology + planet.
The EHC aims at creating ecosystems that are benchmarks how cities should be in future. With a faster transit and a more connected world the need to stay rooted at one location will go away and futures will be more transit/mobile. However this power should not be exploited at the cost of the planet. The EHC ﬁ nds it’s place in its vision of a more sustainable and responsible future.
As our cities grow with population rampantly, there are severe impacts visible to the quality of life due to over population – poverty – trafﬁc – pollution and the list goes on forever. There is no population limit on cities as such which makes things even more uncontrollable, as the ‘designed for’ population always exceeds its limit. This eventually contradicts the motive of moving to the city, where people instead of experiencing a better quality of life face the contrary throughout. The capital cities in south Asia are at the brim of this issue, but with a non-stop growth of human species, we will eventually see more of these issues and vulnerabilities unavoidably in the long run.
Cities cannot be overhauled overnight. But our cities changed, with the advent of cars/industrial revolution. They changed when we devised a faster mode of construction. They changed when we developed the internet. Technology being the fastest agent of change today, has almost displaced the need of living in a city – including repercussions like social isolation between people of today.
Faster transportation techniques and connectivity + collaboration, has made it possible to look beyond boundaries of cities. We take this opportunity to build a more responsible class of habitats which can be small but can be deﬁnitely inspiring for our next change of cities to come. Now is the time to become the citizens of the world.
Vision: Extreme Habitat Challenge pushes to explore habitat concepts that are responsible, yet brave to grow human civilization in synchronus with nature + technology + planet.
Design a concept habitat of 1,000 people within area of 0.5 mi x 0.5 mi, which is able to expand itself to 1,000,000 (2.5 mi x 2.5 mi) as desired by the population moving in to the place. The challenge invites ideas that push the boundaries of design using innovative habitat working models, materials, technology, close to zero land costs, a nomadic yet rooted lifestyle.
This design exercise can be considered similar to colonizing a new earth with technology of today. The ﬁ rst 1,000 people prototype habitat will house all the three elements of human life in it – Live, Work and Play.
The ﬁrst ever Extreme Habitat Challenge competition chooses two major cities (New York, USA x Mumbai, India), connected via the fastest mode of land bound transit (Hyperloop). This site peculiarly with a very less human population density is the test bench for designing a new habitat will inspire how life should be in similar environments while balancing itself harmoniously between forces of nature.
The route with a distance of over 9,500 mi, is claimed by Virgin Hyperloop One to be covered in less than 15hours, with minimal emissions and time savings. Lesser; compared to a standard flights we have today. We choose this route as a test case for Extreme Habitat Challenge 2019, which passes through Sahara as the selected extreme environment.
Location: Sahara Desert, Africa
Countries in region: Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali
Coordinates: 21.128006, -11.398544