You Can Now Take an Entire College Course on Martian Architecture


You Can Now Take an Entire College Course on Martian Architecture
  1. You Can Now Take an Entire College Course on Martian Architecture
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    Graduate architect students at the University of Calgary designed habitats for Mars explorers in a Mars Studio course. Their designs are part of the growing body of work taking on the design challenge of making Mars livable for humans. The post You Can Now Take an Entire College Course on Martian Architecture appeared first on…
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Designing perfect buildings is always a challenge, requiring a masterful blend of aesthetic sensibility and technical optimization. But designing perfect buildings for an off-world colony on Mars? That’s a truly monumental task.

For working scientists and architects, the Martian design task is a major project, especially given the fact that, while we know a great deal about the atmosphere and conditions on the planet’s surface, there’s still much more that remains unknown. But for new architects still developing their craft, Mars represents the ideal challenge.

University of Calgary students pursuing their Masters in architecture are now entering the fray, designing habitats and other spaces for Martian explorers as part of a course called Mars Studio. And while these efforts might sound fanciful, they are answering design quandaries that demand resolution. NASA is fully committed to reaching Mars with people who will be staying there by 2033, and SpaceX aims to get there with colonists much sooner.

Mars Studio

Mars Studio has thus far produced several notable designs, including one for a regional mining hub and a mobile resource extractor slowly crawling the planet’s surface:

Image Credit: John Ferguson/The Globe and MailImage Credit: John Ferguson/The Globe and Mail

“I was interested in looking at corporate land ownership and how workers’ colonies might begin to occur around mineral and water extraction,” student John Ferguson told The Globe and Mail. “I looked at oil sands and the way those communities grow. My architecture ended up being a mobile colony designed for resource extraction: like a mobile colony which strip mines its way across the landscape.”

Students also worked on buildings that would allow a Mars explorer to retain a feeling of connection to life back on Earth:

Image Credit: Jessie Andjelic/The Globe and MailImage Credit: John Ferguson/The Globe and Mail

“From Mars, planet Earth would be just a star in the sky and conversations with Earth would come with at least a three minute delay,” course instructor Jessie Andjelic told The Globe and Mail. “So, for those first settlements there would definitely be a desire to create familiarity. We spent a lot of time looking at how…

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