Bjarke Ingels Tapped for Mars City Design
For scientists, going to Mars might soon be as simple as visiting the Middle East. The government of Dubai recently released plans for the Mars Science City project, tapping the Bjarke Ingels Group as the architect.
"The UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
“We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on Earth and to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges."
500 million UAE dirham ($136 million) will go into the 1.9 million-square-foot project that aims to provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on Mars.
Ingels will work with a team of engineers and designers led by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality to create the campus that will be made up of several domes.
The planet’s environment and terrain will be simulated through 3-D printing and heat and radiation insulation, and the domes will include laboratories for food, energy and water, as well as agricultural testing and food security studies.
“The science city will also boast a museum that displays humanity’s greatest space achievements, including educational areas meant to engage young citizens with space, and inspire in them a passion for exploration and discovery,” according to the release.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 to reflect the cost of the project in USD.