Wadi Rum Field Expedition
In 2017, Sebastian and Karl-Johan took one of the first steps on a journey that became SAGA Space Architects. They individually visited the Wadi Rum desert, known for its resemblance to the Martian landscape, to conduct a field expedition.
How do you imagine Mars?
A difficult challenge about designing for Mars is the lack of first-hand research. No human has set foot on the planet and without a frame of reference, Mars quickly becomes a speculative dream. Essential to any architectural project are questions like: How does it look? How does it feel? How does it sound?
To begin to understand and answer these questions, we travelled to the place on earth that most closely resembles Mars: The Wadi Rum desert. During our two weeks of solitude there we gained critical insight to the challenges of isolation and deprivation, as well as a visual impression of the red Martian desert.
Sebastian and Karl sitting in the Wadi Rum desert.
IN SITU WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS
— Excerpt from personal diary
Images from Mars (top) and Wadi Rum (bottom)