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 of Nüwa would be built on the side of a cliff as a means of limiting atmospheric pressure and radiation
Fortunately, carbon dioxide and water can be had on the surface of Mars, which is what ABIBOO wants to use to help create steel and build exclusively from materials on the planet, which is what makes it sustainable.
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.
So-called ‘Green-Domes’ can act as either natural parks for humans or allow for the development of vegetation
The green spaces in the city will allow humans to enjoy something that resembles the outdoors here on Earth
The extreme environment of Mars creates some challenges for constructing a city safe and sustainable for all to use
The domes on the planet will be protected from external radiation by the presence of large overflying canopies
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.
One of the most unique aspects of the design is the verticality of the city, to help push against atmospheric pressure
‘Macro-buildings’ are excavations inside the rock of the cliff, which can be added after tunneling into the surface
Carbon dioxide and water can be had on the surface of Mars, which is what ABIBOO wants to use to help create steel
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.
The creation of steel using resources on the planet is what helps to make the capital city a self-sustainable development
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
Nüwa is set to have a population of 250,000 people. Its name has roots in a mythological Chinese goddess
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.
Regular shuttle service would talk people from Earth to Mars, with launch windows approximately every 26 months
Recreational spaces will allow humans to play sports, go camping, and participate in arts & crafts activities
Essentially, life on Mars won’t look drastically different than it has in the movies over the past few decades
Construction isn’t projected to begin on the city until 2054 and move-in likely won’t be before 2100