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The Martian analysis is the previous step to determine the possibility of an in situ settlement. The location of the settlement depends on access to water catchment and the most favorable weather conditions. This is because they are the essential aspects to allow habitability. In addition, these conditions allow the development of the rest of the basic requirements for habitability, such as food and the cultivation of food or accommodation.

For this reason, and after the possible locations developed in the research proposal, it follows that the best place to locate the settlement is at a point to be determined within the Arcadia Planitia region. This region corresponds to the area highlighted in the drawing thumbnail below. The choice of Arcadia Planitia as the optimal region to locate the settlement is deduced from the water map that allows knowing the places with reserves of water ice. This area is the one that refers to the area of easiest extraction of the resource to dispose of it according to the research carried out by NASA in 2019. According to the analysis, this area gives access to the resource and facilitates its extraction due to the depth at the one found: about 30 centimeters below the surface. NASA itself determines favorably the location of a colony in this area because the existence of water is essential for the rest of activities linked not only to survival, but also to habitability.


The approach to the proposal is carried out by achieving scales: it begins with a general visualization of the conditions on Mars in terms of topography and remnants of ice, marking the main area where there may be settlements due to access to water supply and of the exact location of the colony. From there, scales are reduced depending on the chosen location to determine the shape, the distribution of spaces and uses, the materiality and construction of the settlement.

Classification_ Projects

Final degree project

Location_ Mars

Year _ 2019/2020


Author: Noemi Diaz

Tutor: Miguel Angel Ajuriaguerra

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