Mars Science City //Department of Building Construction and Design Institute of Architecture and Design
Space Architecture Design Studio SS 2020
author(s): Department of Building Construction and Design Institute of Architecture and Design
editor: Dr. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Laura Farmwald
The Mars Science City design studio topic fits into the long-term vision to build a human settlement on Mars. The students were first asked to look far into the future and imagine what a city on Mars would be like. How do they think people would live in about 100 years on another planet? What would they take with them from Earth, and what would they want to see totally different? The student teams have developed a conceptual vision of this city. In parallel they researched and worked on the environmental, technical and social challenges of getting to and being on Mars. Each team was asked to identify three major challenges and / or characteristics, based on their vision. What would be needed to start the settlement in order to become the city they have imagined? This was the most challenging part for the student’s teams, and became the starting point for the individual architectural solutions of the near-term project on Mars.