Humans of Mars


Several students

Tutored by

Jessica Fernández, Daniele Porretta




CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Advised by

Laura Benítez, Ramón Faura, Enric Llorach

Elisava’s Master in Industrial Design Engineering presents the project “Humans Of Mars” at the CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. This project had as a starting point the opening of the exhibition Mars: The Red Mirror.

New Space Economy, space neocolonialism, transhumanism, retrofuturism, New Space Age, anthropocentrism, terraforming, search for extraterrestrial life… Recent exploration projects and the possibility of establishing a human colony on the planet Mars offer us numerous reasons for reflection. But the topicality of these issues has made it urgent to study these projects in a more critical way, away from the rhetoric of the conquest of space and also taking into account ethical issues.

The challenge consisted of presenting a vision of “Humans of Mars” from an engineering perspective, a critical position regarding the relationship of the human species with the planet Mars. Among the possible future scenarios, the 10 students and 5 professors and advisors reflected on the following areas of research:

  • Habitat, space and needs
  • Body, physics and biology
  • Dimension and perception
  • Martian societies

“Humans of Mars” gathers a whole collective discourse on the colonization of the Red Planet, Should we go, Is Mars a planet B, What if we did go, What would it be like? Each project raises a different hypothesis and at the same time builds a consecutive timeline regarding the Martian expedition. The common goal is to encourage reflection on colonization.

“Humans of Mars” Projects

The after Mars’, Ricardo Basurto Zuccarelli, Lluis Morell Francia, Marina Aperribay, Clara Maria Quinquilla Blanco.

In a uchronic circumstance, the human being has already reached Mars and the exploration is currently taking place. Once we have reached the milestone of arriving on an extraterrestrial planet, we begin to question whether it was really worth it: what do we expect to find on Mars, what lessons do we take away from our journey, is Mars the utopia we have always imagined, is it the utopia we have always imagined?


‘Mars Body Interaction’, Jordi Burgueto, Pablo Padial, Marina Forrellad.

The human being goes to Mars, but a scientific question is raised concerning the mobility of the astronaut in pursuit of his physical and mental health, also providing two proposals for product design that could raise a new logic on the efficiency of movement and a possible solution to the problems posed by the gravity of the new environment.


‘Some humans for Mars’, Oriol Garzón, Sergi García, Karina Pinto.

Starting from a refusal to explore the Red Planet, an investigation and analysis of the articulation of the discourses in favor of exploration is carried out. This analysis is the basis of a manifesto that gathers other perspectives to build a different ethic before the potential exploration of the planet. Through a projection on a Martian surface, we can see the contrast between two totally different ways of exploration.


Students: Ricardo Basurto Zuccarelli, Lluis Morell Francia, Marina Aperribay, Clara Maria Quinquilla Blanco, Jordi Burgueto, Pablo Padial, Marina Forrellad, Oriol Garzón, Sergi García, Karina Pinto.