FAAR Concept Art Open Calls
In the 1970s, NASA launched an open call for Concept Art that would depict future human dwellings in space. Compete with neighborhoods, gravity-defying cylinders, and greenery dotting the windowed space-crafts, these massive shuttles represent an environment much like that of life on earth, although with slightly more epic views of the galaxy. In the spirit of NASA’s artist concept onen calls, FAAR is launching a similar initiative to provide a platform for those who have already begun to consider what that reality might look like, and to spark the imagination of those looking towards space with untapped curiosity.
Agricultural models in cutaway view (multiple toroids) // Rick Guidice
Endcap view with suspension bridge // Don Davis
FAAR is looking for new inter-disciplinary design solutions, of systems, services and products, for well-being on earth and in space. To achieve this purpose, FAAR will be accepting submissions of concepts with the aim to foster collaboration, transfer of knowledge and opportunities among individuals, companies and institutions with the shared goal of improving our quality of life and well-being on earth and developing humanity-enriching environments in space.
More specifically, FAAR aims to support projects based on the combination of creativity and boldness, and commercial feasibility for the benefit of people on earth today that could also be space scalable.
FAAR’s main objective is that companies and institutions with mutually reinforcing competencies can be supported in view of creating new industrial value chains that foster the development of the emerging space industries around the world. To this end, FAAR is specifically carrying on the following activities:
– 1 Open Call for concept development
– 1 Open Call design challenge for energy efficiency
– 1 Open Call for students
– 1 Bootcamp for students to apply principles of system thinking and design thinking to solve problems identified by FAAR constituents.
– Focused lectures, round tables, workshops and events of different formats used and employed for achieving objectives.
– One multi-format event annually that addresses the needs of FAAR constituents, and outlines objectives for FAAR’s activities during the 12-18 months.
Open Call for concept development
What will our future lifestyle look like, once we are multi-planetary?
Goal: Reverse engineer our ideal future – either sartorial or environmental.
Propose visuals and/or concepts, rendering shelters or environments, apparel items, accessories, or wardrobe systems that we might wear in space. You are welcome to invent technologies that might be used and how they would be applied. Technical viability and feasibility are not criteria. We are interested in your most transformative ideas of what could be, if we were to design our future without drawing a line from here to there, but rather leaping ahead, allowing space for the unknown in between.
One series of sketches and specs of your product or system
Responses to the questions below
What is the need you have identified?
How does your design solve for that need?
How does your product or system benefit life on earth as well as in space?
These submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
Open Call for Students
What will we wear, when we are living in space?
Design a garment or a wardrobe system that you believe we might wear when we are living in space. Create concept board and renderings to submit along with a description of your thought process, explaining your design decisions, and the problem you are solving with your design.
Keep in mind:
- Space is non-sovereign, so we might anticipate an unprecedented blending of cultures. What else could result from a non-sovereign territory, that might be reflected in our clothing?
- We need a self-sustaining environment that protects us from the outside environment. For the purposes of this brief, however, we are working under the assumption that anything is possible, and so that self-sustaining system could take on any form your imagination can render.