A Sustainable City on Mars is in the Works, With Construction Beginning by 2054
Following the successful landing of Nasa's Perseverance, it seems that the question now is: when humans will live on the red planet? Architect firm, Abiboo offers an answer, unveiling its plans for the first sustainable city on Mars. The new design contains five cities including Nüwa which is set to become the space capital. The idea was first presented at the Annual Mars Convention in 2020.
Nüwa will be located on the slope of one of the Martian cliffs and have abundant water access located at Tempe Mensa. This location is also chosen to protect future inhabitants from any atmospheric radiation, pressure, meteorites, while still having access to indirect sunlight. It will act just like any livable city, complete with offices, homes and green spaces. An estimated 250,000 to a million people will call Nüwa home.
Five cities will be built instead of one in order to improve resilience, long term access to resources and to add mobility options to the citizens. According to Abiboo, the Ablos City will be located in the North Pole to allow easier access to ice while the Marineries City will be located in the extensive canyon of the solar system. The core of the cities will be sustainable but most especially self-sustainable which means all resources are obtained locally.
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Speaking to Euronews, Abiboo founder, Alber Muñoz says, "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. We have to face challenges that are very specific to the conditions of Mars, one of them is gravity, which is only one-third of the gravity on Earth."
Abiboo worked with SONet Network, an international team of scientists and academics to conceptualised a design based on scientific research. It was chosen as a finalist for the Mars City State competition organized by The Mars Society. "The learnings that we are getting by developing a fully sustainable city on Mars brings us so much know-how and ideas and insights, about things that we could do differently on earth," says Muñoz.
Muñoz believes the plan is "doable from the technical aspects" and with all things considered, construction is expected to start by 2054 with the first community set to start living there by 2100.
To learn more about the project, visit abiboo.com.