Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
Kathryn Bedette, AIA
What qualities will influence the culture that a Martian architecture responds to? Soon enough, as dwellers begin to influence this barren habitation, a new and divergent society will soon cultivate in response to the environment of The Red Planet. These changes will bloom in accordance to Mars’ Seeds of Culture- one that reinvents the connection between the inside and outside world. These “seeds” are defined by the atmospheric and geographic conditions that we will be susceptible to everyday: rusty red days and calming blue sunsets, powerful dust storms that encompass the entire planet, no vegetation to speak of, and low frequency sounds are some of the phenomena that we will encounter. The definition of architecture will change with new designs that are exclusive towards Mars’ behavior, and attain new functions that make Martian dwelling adaptable in regard to its highly toxic atmosphere.
As a result, the habitat that develops will bring forth an experience that will break the extents of architecture as we know it: finding a newfound relationship with nature as it transcends from outdoor to indoor, residing inside a landscape of Martian rock stronger than reinforced concrete, and circulating ceilings and floors as one entity are a few of the developments that will become our everyday lives. These outcomes bring forth an experience that will break the extents of architecture as we know it, allowing us to feel less like outsiders and more like true inhabitants that develop to solidify our presence on the new frontier for years to come.
Keith, Briana G., "Mars: Where Humans Become Martians" (2018). Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year. 50.