First Colony on Mars: International Ideas Competition is part of the KUALA LUMPUR ARCHITECTURAL FESTIVAL 2019 (KLAF2019: TOMORROW)’s program.
It is an international competition open to all persons. The idea of a human colony in a planet far, far away from Earth has been a recurring theme of science fiction in writing and film. This ideas competition extends the theme to architecture and design of the physical manifestations of the colony, enabling architects, designers and just about anyone to dream about how life in a colony away from Earth could or should be like.
The Panel of Jury shall evaluate the entries based on the following criteria:
Ar. Dexter Y.P. Koh
Ar. Daniel Choo Heng Huat
Rita Soh obtained in 2011, a Master of Science in Sustainable Building Design from the University of Nottingham (UK). This is to reinforce her strong belief in the need to ensure that all buildings are created sustainably with good environmental comforts for its occupants as well as to use earth’s natural resources responsibly.
She graduated with honours from the National University of Singapore in 1987 and joined RDC Architects Pte Ltd as Senior Architect in 1989. Tasked with the post of Quality Assurance Manager, she was instrumental in helping the firm to be the first Architectural Practice to attain the ISO 9001 Certification in Singapore. She became an Associate Director in 1994 and a Director in 1998. Ms Soh has been involved in feasibility studies, design & project management of
healthcare, hospitality, residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and infra- structure projects, both local and overseas. She is presently Director-in-charge
of the Medical Centre@Changi General Hospital, proposed Mixed Development comprising Campus Utilities Plant and Interim Accident & Emergency Facilities @Singapore General Hospital Outram, 3 new MRT stations to LTA’s Circle Line and the Conservation of the 150+years Monument, St Peter & Paul Church (SPP)@Queen’s St. Her recent completed work included the Remodeling to existing Main Building at National University Hospital, The Integrated Building @ Changi General Hospital and AALTO, a prestigious high-rise condominium. She has been awarded ARCASIA Gold Medal, SIA Design Award & URA Heritage Award for her work on SPP in addition to the numerous Platinum & Gold-Plus Awards for BCA BIM, UD and GreenMark Awards in other projects. Ms Soh is a member of the Appeals Board (Land Acquisition), a Board Member of the Sentosa Development Corporation Board. She has been appointed a member of the Mandai Development Board and a member of the Building & Construction Authority(BCA) Productivity Gateway Advisory Panel and the HomeTeamNS Infrastructure Development Advisory Panel. She is also serving as a member of the NUS Advisory Committee, School of Design & Environment (2017 – 2019).
She is currently the President of ARCAISA; having served as President-Elect (2018), Convenor of ARCASIA Fellowship (2017-2018), Chairman of ARCASIA Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility (2014 – 2016), Deputy-Chairman, Zone B (2008-2010) and Founding Chairman of ARCASIA Professional Practice Committee (2004-2008).
Ms Soh served 2-terms as the President, Board of Architects Singapore (2013- 2015) and (2010-2012). She was a Nominated Member of Parliament (2014- 2015) She also served as a member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Panel) for the period 2006 to 2010 and again in 2012 to 2014. She had served as a member Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Built Environment Leadership Awards Assessment Committee (2009 - May 2013) and BCA Assessment Committee for the Design & Engineering Safety Excellence Awards (2007–2019). She was a Board member in the Singapore Land Authority (2007 to 2011).
From 2004-2007, she was the President of Singapore Institute of Architects and was instrumental in establishing a Blueprint for the architectural profession in its pursuit of Architectural Excellence as well as a Pro-Enterprise approach in architecture. To champion Asian Architecture, Ms Soh, with Getz, launched the bi-annual SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia in 2005. Ms Soh also served as the Chairman for the 2012 Singapore President’s Design Award Jury Panel and member of the Inaugural President’s Design Awards in 2006 as well as in 2007 & 2010.
She was a jury member in the Design Evaluation Panels for the New Subordinate Courts Complex, Capitol Theatre, Integrated Resorts at Marina Bay & Sentosa Island, The Gardens by the Bay Design competition, The Singapore Sports Hub as well as the National Art Gallery Design Competitions.
FPAM, FPPM, FPPDM, RIBA, FAIA, FAScM, FKIRA, Hon FIKA, Hon AIA
Tan Sri Ar Esa Mohamed, an Architect-Planner, founder and the Executive Chairman of Akitek Jururancang (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (AJM) and AJM Planning and Urban Design Group
Sdn Bhd (APUDG), two well established architectural and planning consultancy firms in Ma- laysia. These firms were responsible for several major planning and architectural projects in
Malaysia, the notable ones include the Subang Jaya Township, Kuala Lumpur Master Plan,
Master plans for the Desaru Coast Resort, University Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Pagoh Uni- versity City, Putrajaya Administrative Capital City, Iskandar Johor, the Kuala Lumpur TRX
Financial Centre Master plan and several major works in China, Pakistan, Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Some of his notable architectural works include; the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Langkawi International Airport, the Datai Hotel Langkawi, Mid-Valley City malls, offices and hotels complex, Sunway Pyramid Commercial Complex, Subang Parade, KLCC Convention
Centre, the Sungai Buloh Hospital and Training College, UiTM Medical Faculty, Pagoh Ed- ucation Hub, a cluster of three universities and a technical college and the University Ma- laysia Pahang.
His achievement awards include; the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001, the Construc- tion Industry Player of the Year Award by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)
in 2002, the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM) Excellence Award 2003 for his Out- standing Contribution to the Property and Construction Industry and the Professional Excel- lence Award in Engineering, Construction & Property from BIM in 2013. He also received
the Honorary Doctor of Architecture by the University of Newcastle NSW, Australia in 2005, Board of Architects Malaysia President’s Medal and the Institute of Architects PAM Gold Medal in 2016.
He is the Immediate Past President of the International Union of Architects (UIA), Past Pres- ident of Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), Past Chairman of ARCASIA, Board member
of the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM), Co-Chairman of Malaysian National Professional
Services Export Council (NAPSEC), member of the Board of Architects Malaysia and Chair- man of the Malaysia Monitoring Committees of APEC and ASEAN Architect.
Barbara Imhof is an internationally active space architect, design researcher and educator.
Her projects deal with spaceflight parameters such as with living with limited resources, minimal and transformable spaces, resource-conserving systems; all aspects imperative to sustainability.
Barbara Imhof is the co-founder and CEO of LIQUIFER Systems Group, an interdisciplinary team comprising engineers, architects, designers and scientists.
As project lead Barbara currently works on the Gateway project, designing the habitat module for the next International Space Station in a lunar orbit. She also led projects such as SHEE, a Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments, the first built European simulation habitat. The SHEE habitat became part of another LIQUIFER project named MOONWALK, developed to test human-robot collaborations in two space simulation missions in Rio Tinto and subsea. Another most recent project she led for LIQUIFER was RegoLight, advancing the Additive Layer Manufacturing technology of solar sintering to build ISRU habitats on the moon.
In addition, Barbara pursues projects in the field of biomimetics and closed-loop systems such as Living Architecture - in collaboration with Rachel Armstrong – and GrAB–Growing As Building which looks at growth principles in nature and their proto- architectural translations towards self-growing buildings.
LIQUIFER’s partners and clients belong to internationally renowned institutions and space agencies.
Since nearly 20 years Barbara Imhof has been teaching at various prestigious universities, such as the ETH Zurich, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Vienna University of Technology (VUT). She received her education in architecture at the VUT, the Bartlett School, London, SCI-ARC, Los Angeles, and she graduated from the University of Applied Arts in the studio of Wolf Prix. Barbara Imhof has a Master of Science from the International Space University, Strasbourg, and received her doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology.
From 2015 to 2018 she served on the board of directors for Women in Aerospace, since 2016 as Executive Board member.
Barbara Imhof has received a nomination for the Austrian of the Year 2016 in the category research, 2012 the Austrian Fem-Tech award for March, and 2011 the Polarstern Award of the Austrian Space Forum for space outreach activities.
Mazlan obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and became a lecturer at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1981. Seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department in 1990 to set up and head the Planetarium Division, which subsequently became the Space Science Studies Division in 1993.
Appointed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as Professor of Astrophysics in 1994. Appointed Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria in 1999. Returned to Malaysia to become the founding Director General of the National Space Agency (ANGKASA) beginning July 2002. In this capacity she established the National Observatory in Langkawi and National Space Centre in Selangor.
She headed the National Angkasawan (Astronaut). Programme which saw the launch of Malaysian to International Space Station in 2007. She was responsible for the launch of Malaysia Remote Sensing Satellite : TiungSAT and RazakSAT. She attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP169) at Harvard Business School in 2005. Resumed post as Director of UNOOSA in December 2007 upon retirement from Malaysian Civil Service. Appointed Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) in June 2009.
Retired from the United Nations in Dec 2013. Appointed Project Director, Mega Science 3.0 at Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) 2014 - 2016. Became Professor Emeritus at UKM in 2015 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University 2015-2016. Elected Senior Fellow of ASM in 2016. She is co-chairing the ASM Malaysia Foresight 2050 initiative. Currently the Director of the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) since 2017.
To seek the best design and architectural solution for the first human colony on Mars that is innovative and self-sustaining which can grow and thrive.
A design for the first human colony on planet Mars, to be built using materials from Planet Earth, to be transported across space in whole, or in part and assembled on Mars.
It shall be designed for up to 50 couples who have been selected through balloting and comprise equally of males and females between 20-45 years of age. The colony is to be designed with an environment which is self-sufficient and self- sustaining for human population, with the understanding that the atmosphere and landscape on Planet Mars may not be conducive to the population. Basic infrastructure and amenities must address atmosphere, climate, shelter, water, food and security.
There should also be some planning for future expansion of the colony, say for the next batch of 50 humans and so forth, whether by replication or other methods.
Information in the following websites, whilst not exhaustive, can be referred to understand the Planet Mars project and the current research and findings undertaken by NASA and others. The fictional work of Andy Weir, ‘The Martian’ serves as a paradigm of a writer’s imaginings of a colony on Mars.https://www.businessinsider.com/the-climate-of-mars-2012-8/
The colony is to be situated near Mar's equator on the western side of a flat, smooth plain called Elysium Planitia, which NASA has selected as the Mars landing site in November 2018. Please refer to the link below for further information.https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/timeline/prelaunch/landing-site-selection/
InSight's Landing Site: Elysium Planitia
Finalist Site for Next Landing on Mars: This map shows the single area under continuing evaluation as the InSight mission's Mars landing site, as of a year before the mission's May 2016 launch. The finalist ellipse marked is within the northern portion of flat-lying Elysium Planitia about four degrees north of Mars' equator.
a) This Ideas Competition is an international competition open to all persons.
b) No member of the competition organising committee, member of the jury, nor any person who has been concerned with the preparation or organization of this competition shall be eligible to compete or assist a competitor.
c) There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by any person who complies with the above. However, the rules of the Competition herein (including the registration and submission procedure) shall likewise be applicable to each additional entry.
d) Entries can be submitted by an individual or group of individuals.
a) There is a registration fee of USD25.00 for each entry.
b) Only registered participants may submit queries and entries to the Competition.
c) Each participant may submit more than one (1) entry subject to compliance with the rules of the Competition herein (including the registration and submission procedure) for every entry made.
d) One submission per registration. Participants may submit multiple entries but each entry will have to be registered during the registration period.
The Competition will be conducted in a single stage, i.e. participants’ entries will be judged as submitted without the need for further submissions or interviews / presentations by the participants.
a) All submissions must not bear any name of the participant or any identifying marks whatsoever so as to ensure anonymity.
b) Submissions received by the Competition Secretariat shall be assigned an entry number which would not be made known to any party other than the Competition Secretariat.
c) Anonymity of all participants must be preserved throughout the entire duration of the Competition.
d) All entries submitted shall be kept secret until the final results are announced.
e) Non-compliance with any of the Competition rules and conditions may result in the entry being disqualified from the Competition.
b) All queries must be submitted by 20 February 2019.
c) Official replies to the queries, if any, based on the queries submitted, will form
part of the conditions and instructions and shall be posted on the KLAF2019
Website by 27 February 2019.
All entries must consist of the following, to be uploaded to the competition website:
a) Illustrated 2 x A1-sized boards in portrait format, to be placed side by side
Illustrated 1 x A0-sized board in landscape format.
Either of the above to be submitted electronically in .pdf format, minimum 300dpi, CMYK, and must not be bigger than 100Mb
A lower-resolution of the above to be saved in .jpg format of 72dpi.
a) Each submission of entry shall be uploaded on the website www.klaf.my
b) All submissions must be received by the Competition Secretariat not later than 17:00 hours Malaysia Time (GMT+8), Friday, 26 April 2019.
a) Failure by participants to comply with the rules and conditions of this Competition may lead to immediate disqualification from the Competition.
b) Late submission of any entry may be disqualified.
c) The work submitted must be of original creation. It must be unpublished or has not been submitted to any other competitions or events.
d) The work and the participant will be disqualified immediately from the Competition if plagiarism is found or brought to the attention of the Organisers at any point during the Competition. Any winners/shortlist will be removed from the participant(s)’ title and winnings.
e) The Jury shall have the sole and absolute discretion in deciding on the acceptance or disqualification of any entry on any grounds whatsoever; and the decision of the Jury on the same shall be final and binding on all parties concerned.
a) The Organiser reserves the right to retain all entries for the purposes of exhibition, publicity and promotion, subject always to the provision of Copyright Act 1987 (ACT 332) and all its amendments for the time being in force in Malaysia.
b) The Organiser reserves the right to reproduce any of the submitted materials in their publications and websites or in other publications and websites authorized by them, without any payment to any party, and in doing so, will undertake to give due credit and acknowledgement to the authors concerned.
c) All designs, including those disqualified by the jury, shall be exhibited, as a general rule, together with a copy of the signed report of the Jury. The exhibition shall be open to the public free of charge.
d) The Organiser shall notify registered competitors in good time of the date and place of the public exhibition and of the results of the Competition.
a) The copyright of all the participants’ works shall be in accordance with the Copyright Act 1987 (ACT 332) and any of its amendments for the time being in force in Malaysia.
b) The author of any design shall retain the copyright of his work; no alterations may be made without his formal consent.
c) In all cases, the author of any design shall retain the right of reproduction, subject always to the provision of Article 16 (b) above
a) The Organiser will not accept responsibility for any loss or problems with the transmission of the entries.
(for submission, judging & exhibition)
i. 2 x A1 Boards
ii. 1 x A0 Board