"Marschitects" Are About to 3-D Print Martian City Prototypes

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 1:56PM
Mars
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 1:56PM
"Marschitects" Are About to 3-D Print Martian City Prototypes
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A team of architects and engineers are about to build the first Martian cities—but on Earth. In September, space experts from all over the world will gather to build prototypes for three Mars cities, which will be 3-D printed in the Mojave desert.

The project comes from Mars City Design, a think tank for building the first mock-ups of Mars cities. The organization was founded by architect Vera Mulyani, who "always dreamt of becoming an architect on Mars," aims to tackle not only survivability on Mars, but cultural development by way of artistic and comfortable habitats.

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"It is not enough to just travel to Mars and survive, now we must develop a way in which we can sustainably live and love on Mars. It is essential that we call on a new generation of thinkers and innovators to make this a reality."
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Mars City Design holds annual contests for designs, and will also hold a workshop that will gather innovators and scientists to actually build three different prototypes of Martian cities. The workshop, which raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter, will begin on September 15 at University of Southern California. The actual habitats, which will be to-scale Martian cities, will be built using 3-D printing technology in Reaction Research Society's test area in the Mojave Desert.

To be fair, we haven't quite solved the problem of habitability and sustainability from a scientific standpoint yet, which is why these cities will be built in a terrestrial desert rather than on Mars. But once we overcome the scientific hurdles, we will probably want to start settling right away, so it will be a huge boon to future Mars colonies for thinkers and designers to have sustainable, homey solutions at-the-ready.

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"Mars City Design is the next step toward a living solution on Mars, which will benefit Earth immediately," said Mulyani.
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Via Futurism

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