Now that the Emirates Mars Mission has revealed details of the Mars 2117 plan that aims to create the first human settlement on the Red Planet, there has never been a better time to take part in DIDI’s Design Intensive, Living on Mars.

A 3-day workshop, starting on 17th July, led by industrial aerospace designer, researcher and DIDI faculty member, Dr. Raffi Tchakerian, Living on Mars will teach participants how to develop concepts of habitation on Mars, whilst envisioning and creating sustainable settlement proposals that will enable humans to survive and create new civilizations in space. In addition, take the learnings from space and adapt them to better life on Earth.

Raffi Tchakerian commented: “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. 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.”

An interactive workshop hosted at DIDI’s d3 campus, Living on Mars will teach students research and analysing skills and how to integrate science, architecture, art and many other disciplines with design to tackle the concept of living on Mars.

Over the 3 days, students will be introduced to design processes and methodologies, which they will learn about, adapt and use throughout the entire workshop.

Sass Brown, Dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) commented: “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.”


Source: Plus 1 Communications