Mars is not just a scientific curiosity; it is a resource-rich world with a surface area equal to all the continents of Earth combined. Among all extra-terrestrial bodies in our solar system, Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life but also a new branch of human civilisation.
Many people believe that a human mission to Mars is a venture for the far future, a task for ‘the next generation.’ Such a point of view has no basis in fact. On the contrary, the US has in hand, today, all the technologies required for undertaking an aggressive, continuing programme of human Mars exploration, with the ?rst piloted mission reaching the Red Planet within a decade.
In this design thesis project, I aim to establish an architectural design approach to facilitate my proposal of harbouring life successfully on the red planet, using technologies that exist today on earth. This attempts to remove the manned Mars mission from the realm of mega-fantasy and reduces it to practice as a task of comparable di?culty to that faced in launching the Apollo missions to the Moon. Choosing a site on Mars was particularly a challenging task as the whole planet is deserted. A place which potentially would be favourable against others had to be decided. Here, I measured the favourable conditions referencing to what we have on Earth, for example, Zones which are river basins always tend to have more fertile lands and potentially more favourable for life. Coming back to Mars, There is a huge valley in the central region of its surface stretching about 2000 miles across the planet. Its formation is unknown but scientists have found seasonal flowing water near its basin. It is also assumed that millions of years ago, Mars’ had water on its surface, and it flowed within that valley making its basins look identical to what we have on Earth. Hence choosing a place which shows signs of activity on the planet seemed to me as a good starting point.
The surface of Mars has craters, irregular in shape and size, due to the number of asteroid hits it receives. This texture appeared to me as an intelligent arrangement of nodes and connections similar to those in the nervous system. Images and sketches below show initial developmental sketches of my neurological vision of the site.