As humans continue to explore Mars, plans are already underway to build a sustainable city on the red planet. The plans were unveiled by architecture studio ABIBOO, which has offices around the world, including two in the United States.
Nüwa, the capital city and one of five planned at Tempe Mensa on Mars, is built vertically instead of horizontally into the side of a cliff, which would diminish the effect of atmospheric pressure and radiation, the latter of which is deadly without shelter.
The city would still include all of the mainstays of a city on Earth, including homes, offices, and green spaces. Designs for the space are based on scientific research from The Mars Society and the SONet network.
‘We had to do a lot of analysis based on computing and working with the scientists to try to understand what are the circumstances that we will face,’ Alfredo Muñoz, founder of ABIBOO, told Euronews.
Those who dream of living in the city on Mars should pass that on to their children and grandchildren, though – construction isn’t projected to begin until 2054 and move-in likely won’t be before 2100.
The population of the planned city would be 250,000, its name with ‘roots in the mythological Chinese goddess that is the protector of Humans, who melted five stones to give robust societal pillars.’
Inside the cliff is where most of the construction activity can be found, with ‘Macro-buildings’ excavated inside the rock of the cliff.
There will also be the construction of ‘Green-Domes,’ which will either act as parks for the residents or as a place to try to grow experimental vegetation.
The main source of food in the city would come from the cultivation of the crops, which would account for about half of people’s diets.
Microalgae would also be a vital component for people’s diets.
As for recreation, people will be able to take part in much of the same recreation they do on Earth, from sports to camping to arts and crafts.
Getting from Earth to Mars will be a complicated task for those who want to live on the Red Planet, but not an impossible one.
A shuttle service will hopefully be able to take people between the planets, leaving every 26 months, with each trip taking anywhere from one to three months.
The cost of a one-way ticket for people emigrating to Mars will be pricey, expected to be around $300,000