Mars Science City project in Dubai to be designed by Bjarke Ingels

Emirati scientists, engineers and designers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre will work in collaboration with Danish architecture studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to design the Mars Science City project, a $140 Million USD (AED 500 million) research city that simulates life on Mars.

The $140 Million USD (AED 500 million) project will serve as a “viable and realistic model” that replicates the conditions for human settlement on the Red Planet.

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Mars Science City will include a museum that celebrates humanity’s greatest space achievements, with the aim of educating visitors on the Dubai’s research in this particular field.

The 1.9 million-square-foot domed structure is set to become the largest space simulation city to ever be constructed. The design will utilise 3D printing techniques – currently leading in Mars habitat construction- with plans to build the walls of the museum using 3D printed sand from the Emirati desert.

The project will also feature a number of programmes for both researchers and visitors such as laboratories for the study of food, energy and water; as well as  landscapes for agricultural testing and food security studies.

Advanced technologies to research and test construction and living strategies under specific Martian heat and radiation levels will be offered as part of the laboratory spaces.

As part of the plan for the Mars-like city, a team will be assembled to undergo an experimental living scenario where they will attempt to live within the constructed environment for a year.

The project was described by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as an “extraordinary national project”.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “The new project is a seed that we plant today, and we expect future generations to reap the benefits, driven by its passion to learn to unveil a new knowledge. The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality.”

BIG has also been commissioned to design a flexible art space for Makers District development in Abu Dhabi, as well as Dubai’s newest high-speed transport system: the Hyperloop. 

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