CUBE is pleased to announce the international design competition for students and fresh graduates from around the world to explore and express their views on the future of Egyptian settlements on Mars
through their innovative and visionary proposals.
“Mars Is There, Waiting To Be Reached.” -Buzz Aldrin
Mars has exerted a strong fascination over humankind for centuries. Egyptians colonizing the Red Planet might still exist in the realms of science fiction. But today, the human race is edging closer to becoming an interplanetary species as the previous decade has witnessed Mars as the center of attention for becoming a potential new habitat for the earth’s future population.
With many visionary organizations and their ground-breaking explorative studies and research, the unseen future of inhabiting the Red Planet is now a real possibility; an opportunity to create a utopian tomorrow, making mankind a multi-planetary species.
This competition is intended to envision a habitat for the first Egyptian colonizers on Mars. It challenges participants to design the future architectural prospect that would define a trend for the architecture of the upcoming human civilization on the Red Planet.
“Life on Mars? Architects Lead the Way to Design for making Mars the second home for humans."
It is not enough to just travel to Mars and survive, it is essential to develop a way in which we can sustainably live on Mars. Figuring out how we could be comfortable living on the Red Planet is a challenge.
It’s about making Mars livable by completely transforming its environmental makeup through the construction of a human-made atmosphere to understand and solve one of the main problems for a fully breathable and livable Mars.
The objective of the competition is to propose a settlement complex including at least residential, research center, educational, services and medical units and choose one/all of them to design a detailed prototype according to the following table:
Dr. Sherif Morad Abdelkader
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Dr. Doaa Kamal Eldin Kamel
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University (ASU)
Assistant Professor Department of Architecture The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Dr. Ahmed M. Eliraqi
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University (ASU)
senior Architectural designer at ECG Engineering Consultants Group S.A.CEO at Sci-Architecture
Eng. Mohamed Elewa
Executive Design Manager at CUBE Consultants
Big Chief at Plomp
Among the 32 Entries who submitted their projects, none got the minimum score (according to the announced competition evaluation criteria) for the first prize.
Only the five mentioned winners successfully fulfilled the minimum requirements for the competition.