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Posted by: Sean Girling - Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:34 am
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Post New Antartica Base Design Competition   Posted on: Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:34 am
Hi, I came across a new item about a competition to design a new base for the hostile Antartica.

http://news.google.co.uk/url?ntc=5M4B1& ... 848133.stm

How cool will that be? (Pun intended) Basically, they're gonna have similar problems as Moon or Mars outpost. Apart from the some atmospheric conditions of course. But they'll need to selfsufficient, with power, waste, air and sea ports. On top of it all, they need a quick construction schedule, because summer (temp get's as high as -5C) is only two months long.

It could be intersting to follow. The final designs may be the forerunner to Moon and Mars bases. What do you think?

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Post Thanks, Sean!   Posted on: Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:05 pm
I'm an architect, and I think I'm going to goad my firm into taking a shot at this competition. You're absolutely right in that it will be something of an analog to non-terrestrial habitat designs!


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:27 pm
what power do you have to "goad" your firm into anything?


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:15 am
Go for it Skyburn. I'd imagin that any experience a firm has in a particular field will enable similar work to be won. You guys could well be the Moon Base deisgners.

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:33 am
Texan wrote:
what power do you have to "goad" your firm into anything?

It's quite possible he has the power to open his mouth and say "Hey guys, I have this idea. Wanna hear it?" Go for it skyburn.

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:12 am
Found a more appropriate link...


http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/News_and_In ... index.html

Sweet! :)

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:17 am
Blimey, time scale for the competition is a little short.

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:46 pm
Yeah, I'm gonna make a stab at it, but I'm a bit pessimistic about my chances. Although I've been napkin-sketching antarctic base designs for a good ten years now, and think I could field a truly excellent design -- I'm still a young and not terribly accomplished architect. And unfortunately, the competition at this point is really for the design *teams*, not the designs themselves. A number of teams will be selected, presumably based on their long and distinguished track records, of which I have neither. I'm convinced I'd have a much better shot at an open competiton for the actual design.

Still, it's worth a try. Wish me luck!


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:35 pm
good luck


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:35 pm
earlier I asked how much power you had because I wondered... well, how much power you had...

I was not being sarcastic


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 01, 2004 9:19 pm
Sorry, Texan. Didn't mean to ignore you. The answer is that I'm 50% of my firm, so the odds are pretty good that I can convince at least half the company to work on this project. :-) Even if both of us take it on, that won't be enough to put together a convincing entry -- I think we'll need about two dozen people. So I'm now trying to form a virtual collaborative group of other architects and engineers that I know. If I'm able to get enough of us together, I think we might have a real shot at being competitive. There's some precident for this: I believe that "Team T.H.I.N.K.," which made it to the final round of the World Trade Center competition, was organized along these lines.


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