The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation has announced a three-day workshop called Living on Mars that will teach participants how to develop concepts of habitation on Mars.
With the Emirates Mars Mission revealing details of the Mars 2117 plan that aims to create the first human settlement on the Red Planet, the workshop will focus on envisioning sustainable settlement proposals to enable humans to live in space.
The workshop, starting on July 17, will be led by industrial aerospace designer, researcher, and DIDI faculty member, Dr. Raffi Tchakerian.
“There is a desperate need for creative minds to design and tackle the interactions between humans, the tools and technologies they will use, and the environments in which they will live, especially in outer space,” said Dr. Tchakerian.
“Very few institutions around the world offer courses in this subject matter, and design, until now, has been foreign to aerospace. DIDI is here to fill this gap, and will be the first institution in the world to formally and academically address this need from a design perspective. DIDI will prepare the much-needed UAE talent for Entrepreneurial Space.”
The interactive workshop will be hosted at DIDI’s d3 campus, integrating science, architecture, and art, among other disciplines, to tackle design concepts, as well as promoting research and analytical skills.
Sass Brown, Dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) added: “At DIDI, we prepare students to be able to effectively respond to a rapidly changing world and beyond. Nothing is off limits and our Living on Mars workshop proves just this. This type of thinking will help us to nurture the next generation of change makers, who will be able to conceive and create sustainable design solutions for today’s problems, for the benefit of tomorrow’s society.”
Last year, it was announced that 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 that will simulate life on the Red Planet.
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