Mars Habitat Design Thru Parametric Structures Based on United Arab Emirates Heritage

Jose Berengueres, Lindita Bande, Aysha Alsheraifi, Afra Alnuaimi, Entesar Alawthali, Alanoud Ablooshi

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Mars exploration has started for decades; however, the recent missions show possibility of building a colony. Therefore, the design of a habitat for human colony is relevant. Life on Mars is challenging due to the excessive radiation. Therefore, the habitat design shall consider all elements of radiation protection, in addition to the atmosphere. The methodology followed in this study is as per the below steps: 1. Analysis of Mars conditions; understand the Mars soil, climate, and radiation. 2. Schematic Design, standards of living in space; analyze standards of habitat and evaluate schematic design options. 3. Connection to UAE Architectural Heritage. 4. Modelling and Simulations; Create and analyze the models in Rhino Grasshopper. 5. Findings and results. The aim of this study was to design a human habitat on Mars using parametric structures based on the heritage architecture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The study followed a set of steps including an analysis of Mars conditions, schematic design, connection to UAE architectural heritage, modeling and simulations, and findings and results. The main tools used in the study were Rhino and Grasshopper. The final design was selected based on the modeling and simulation results, with the goal of creating a habitat that is adapted to the conditions on Mars and the humans who will live in it. The findings of this study contribute to the ongoing efforts to define new spaces in other planets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Civil Engineering and Architecture Conference - CEAC 2023
EditorsMarco Casini
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789819963676
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event3rd International Civil Engineering and Architecture Conference, CEAC 2023 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Mar 17 2023Mar 20 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference3rd International Civil Engineering and Architecture Conference, CEAC 2023


  • Mars habitat
  • Minimalism
  • Python language
  • Radiation
  • Rhino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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