#41 - Arabian Nights

Architecture: Life on Mars by 2117

Courtesy of architect Bjarke Ingles

The United Arab Emirates projects establishing a functioning Martian colony within the next hundred years with its Mars 2117 Strategy. The Mars Science City will be a vast simulation space that realistically replicates the environment and atmosphere of planet Mars in the Emirates desert. It will feature laboratories for energy, water and food research which will lead to development projects, as well as extraterrestrial agricultural testing.

The Mars Science City will become the largest space simulation city ever built, covering 17.5 hectares of desert outside Dubai City. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingles and Emirates scientists and engineers, it will resemble futuristic domes featuring 3-D printed walls made of the Emirati desert sand.

The UAE’s goal is to have people live in the city for one year in order to test the feasibility of future human colonies in space.

Read more about the project in the Dubai Media Office Press Release.

About the Author

Born and raised in the concrete jungle of NYC, Allyson is passionate about languages—she speaks, reads and writes in five. She has a double degree in art history and communication and currently lives and works in the South of France.

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