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November 2016

ongoing project

Living Architecture

Press Conference & Panel discussion
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

photo credit: LIQUIFER Systems Group
On Friday, 14. October, 2016, project Living Architecture was presented to the public through a formal introduction to the project and panel discussion on the important themes of the project. It was followed by an official Press Conference.

Project leader, Rachel Armstrong of Newcastle University gave the introduction and led the discussion held with team members Ioannis Ieropoulos and Juan Nogales; Rolf Hughes from the Stockholm University of the Arts and Massimo Lepore of Studio TAMassociati.

The team also met with Philip Beesley for setting up a future collaboration.

A small exhibition included a few brick samples of the developing Living Architecture technology and a video.
The goal of Living Architecture is to design and build a proof-of-concept ‘living architecture’ whose targeted breakthrough is to transform our habitats from inert spaces into programmable sites. The Living Architecture project will be developed as a modular bioreactor-wall, based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes.
Living Architecture is a next-generation, selectively-programmable bioreactor. It is envisioned as an integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from sunlight, waste water, and air and in turn, generating oxygen, proteins, and biomass through the manipulation of their interactions.
Living Architecture receives funding under FET-OPEN by the EU as part of H2020 programme under grant agreement no. 686585
The Living Architecture Interdisciplinary team includes experts from:
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW)
University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE, Bristol)
Spanish National Research Council / Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG)
University of Trento / University Degli Studi di Trento (UNITN)
University of Florence / Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI)

project close - final review meeting

Bremen, Germany

photo credit: LIQUIFER Systems Group
On Thursday, 27. October, 2016, Project MOONWALK was presented as part of the projects’ Final Review at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Centre in Bremen, Germany.

Professionals of the space industry were invited for a demonstration of the key concepts and technologies developed during the 3-year research period funded by the EU 7th framework programme in the sector of space. 

A full description of the project was imparted by project team members and demonstration of the technical components and EVA simulation was given.
Project MOONWALK, was a 3-year cooperative Research & Development project to compare the performance of different compositions of astronaut-robot teams over multiple tasks and operational scenarios. Tests were made in two analogue environments.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 607346
MOONWALK Consortium:
German Centre for Artificial Intelligence  (DFKI) 
Airbus Group 
LIQUIFER Systems Group 
Space Applications Services 
NTNU Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space 
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) - Centro de Astrobiological (INTA-CSIC)

ongoing project


photo credit: German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
On Friday, 7. October, 2016, the container structure of the EDEN ISS - Antarctic greenhouse facility arrived at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) - Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, Germany.

The facility was fabricated over a five-month period at a German manufacturing company and the transfer of the containers to DLR represents a milestone in the project. In the following months, specialists at DLR will fit the interior with equipment and services that will enable the growth of fruits and vegetables in the hostile Antarctic environment.

LIQUIFER Systems Group is currently leading the implementation efforts for the service section and the cold porch for the greenhouse facility.

The fully functional greenhouse, EDEN ISS, will be deployed in October of next year and will join the German Neumayer III station in Antarctica, operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institute.
EDEN ISS is a 4-year project under the European Union‘s Research and Innovation Action programme Horizon 2020, within the topic of Space exploration / Life support. 

The goal of the EDEN ISS project is to advance controlled-environment agriculture technologies for plant cultivation under extreme environmental and logistical conditions. The project focuses on ground demonstration of these technologies and their application in space. EDEN ISS aims to develop strategies for the production of safe, fresh, food on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human space exploration vehicles and planetary outposts.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 636501
Consortium members:
Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft - Und Raumfahrt Ev  (DLR), Germany
LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG), Austria
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
University Of Guelph, Canada
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz- Zentrum Fuer Polar- Und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
Enginsoft Spa (ES), Italy
Airbus Defense and Space, Germany
Thales Alenia Space Italia Spa, Italy
Aero Sekur S.p.A., Italy
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO), the Netherlands
Heliospectra AB, Sweden
Limerick Institute Of Technology (LIT), Ireland
Telespazio SPA, Italy



ICES – International Conference on Environmental Systems

Vienna, Austria, July 10-14
The 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) took place in Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016. Barbara Imhof of LIQUIFER Systems Group presented the paper: SHEE – a Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments – Exploitation and lessons learnt from testing, co-authored by Joshua Nelson, Hemanth-Kumar Madakashira, Peter Weiss, Alvo Aabloo and David Ševčík.



International Space University (ISU)
Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France, September 16, 2016

Introduction lecture for in-coming master-class students at the ISU by Barbara Imhof. The lecture highlights space architecture projects by LIQUIFER and other contemporary international practices. A workshop will follow in January of 2017.

‘the stars look different today’

University of Technology, Innsbruck, Austria, October 21, 2016
Invited lecture at the Architecture Faculty


Dialogues for the future

TU Delft - Urban and Landscape Design Week, TU Delft, Netherlands, October 17, 2016
Lecture by Barbara Imhof, as part of a three-day program hosted by TU Delft. 


Madame Mohr

Architecture studio Madame Mohr, Vienna, Austria, September 14
The LIQUIFER Systems Group company profile and portfolio was shared with a local community of artists, architects and designers in Vienna.
The talk was followed by an exhibition at Steinbrenner / Dempf & Huber.



Steinbrenner / Dempf & Huber

Vienna, Austria, September 14 - October 30
The exhibition at Steinbrenner / Dempf & Huber in the 2. District of Vienna, featured large-scale photographs of the MOONWALK simulations conducted in Rio Tinto, Spain and Marseilles, France.

Imagery of the trials and basic information regarding the project was presented to the public through a number of large panels standing in the windows of the gallery storefront. Photo: Bruno Stubenrauch 2016
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