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LIQUIFER Systems Group is a trans-disciplinary platform engaged in designing our future on earth and in space. We engage in INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT for space and space related habitation and technologies.  Currently LIQUIFER Systems Group comprises of Waltraut Hoheneder, Barbara Imhof, Susmita Mohanty, Stephen Ransom, René Waclavicek, Bob Davenport, Chris Gilbert, Molly Hogle



 

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COMPETITION: Third Place

NASA's Centennial Challenges: 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge


 
Image: Overall layout of 3-D printed Martian base, visualization: René Waclavicek

LIQUIFER Systems Group in cooperation with ESA-EAC takes third place with LavaHive proposal and was one of 30 finalists in the NASA and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes) competition exploring design concepts for a 3-D printed habitat to be used in deep space exploration. 
>> NASA's Centennial Challenge: 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

Selection of winning entries took place at the MAKER Faire in NYC, 27 September 2015.

 
LavaHive is a modular habitat that uses additive manufacturing as its construction methodology. Using the readily available Martian regolith, two rovers will use a combination of sintering and ‘lava-casting’ to build connecting corridors and sub-habitats around an inflatable interior. The sub-habitats will be sealed internally with epoxy and furnished to mission requirements. The design also incorporates discarded spacecraft components as a key element of the habitat concept. LavaHive develops a realistic and achievable approach to a 3D printed Mars habitat using novel new technological methods of construction, in-situ resources and spacecraft components.

Popular Science, online magazine, names LavaHive one of the ‘8 Printable Martian Habitat Designs that we want to live.’    >> article
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EXHIBITION
OPENING 12 OCTOBER 2015, 6pm

Built to Grow investigates growth patterns and dynamics from nature and applies them to architecture with the goal of creating a new living architecture.
     Specific biological processes are presented in-depth to identify principles of growth and translate them into exemplary architectural ideas and visions. This artistic research project Growing As Building (GrAB) was realized over the course of 2.5 years, at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as part of the artistic research programme PEEK 2013. It comprised an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, biology, art, mechatronics and robotics.
Opening
12 October 2015, 6pm
Opening remarks at 6pm by Alexander Damianisch, University of Applied Arts, followed by a short presentation of the GrAB research project. Panel discussion to follow moderated by Barbara Imhof includes;






Exhibition
13 October – 7 November 2015

AIL
Angewandte Innovation Laboratory

Franz Josefs Kai 3
1010 Vienna, Austria
 
Rachel Armstrong
Experimental Architecture - Newcastle University School of Architecture, UK
Petra Gruber
Biomimetics, architecture - Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa University, ET
Thomas Speck
Biology - University of Freiburg, Botanical Garden, Plant Biomechanics Group, DE
Angelo Vermeulen
Art, ecology - Belgium, Delft University of Technology, Participatory Systems Initiative, NL
project website
 
The book publication Built to Grow – Blending architecture and biology (Birkhäuser publishers) will follow in November 2015

UPDATE! Concurrent Engineering Study Outcome
7-18 September   Bremen, Germany

EDEN-ISS

Image: EDEN ISS greenhouse containers on top of an elevated platform, visualization: LSG
 
Consortium members of the EDEN ISS project participated in the Concurrent Engineering Study (September 7-18) in Bremen, Germany for the design of a mobile greenhouse which will demonstrate different key technologies and procedures necessary for safe food production within a (semi-) closed system for human consumption and nourishment. The newly designed system will be validated during a yearlong test campaign at the German Neumayer III facility in Antarctica.
 
The 10-day workshop addressed specifically design parameters for the facility and criteria was decided based on kick-off presentations. Consortium members were assisted by a support team with respect to literature, internet research, calculations, preparation of charts and figures, and summaries of the sessions main issues.
The overall dimensions of the facility have been established as two 20’ high rectangular containers. The interior layout of the facility has been decided and greater specificity has been made to related systems and technologies.     
 
Image(s): EDEN ISS greenhouse containers interior, visualization: LSG

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

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.
 
LECTURE

'Space Architecture'

International Space University as part of the Master in Space Sciences Course 2016/17
14 October 2015
 
Imhof will display an overview of current developments in space architecture and will present the main players of this field. Further, she will discuss LIQUIFER Systems Group ability to imagine and design for life on the moon and Mars through description of several key projects.  Topics of the lecture include prototyping, materials, resilient architecture and rapidly growing cities.
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