Artists impression of MarsCruiserOne facing sunset over Husband Hill, the El Dorado dune field and Home Plate on planet Mars. (Credits: Architecture⊢. Background image based on: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Italian architect Arturo Vittori and Swiss architect Andreas Vogler form Architecture and Vision — and we have liftoff. Their prototype for a protective desert tent, part of MoMA's permanent collection, joins a roster of sci-fi constructions with real-life utility, including the inflatable Moon Base Two and a tourist space-plane. Their work is on exhibit at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago through April 24 and at Swissnex in San Francisco April 30–May 20.

Credit: Architecture+Vision. Background image based on: NASA/JPL-Caltech