The countdown to send humanity to Mars has begun, but living on a cold and deserted planet will be a great challenge to the human mind and body. Picture a city located in the eastern part of Valles Marineris colonized by 50,000 human: thriving and living as normally as possible in this unnatural environment and forging a new way of life for the upcoming generations. This is only possible by providing the three basic needs of human survival: oxygen, water and food. These living requirements would be provided throughout the contained cities so citizens could roam around freely without facing asphyxiation, dehydration, or starvation in their new home.
The martian city adopts the Archigram style, an architectural dream developed in the 20th century that never came to fruition on earth. From flying cities to a gigantic dome covering Manhattan, these visionary designs were too eccentric for the times of their invention. They were labeled as unrealistic and unrealizable projects by egalitarians who believed that self-sustaining cities built for leisure, pleasure and entertainment were a less-than-utopian ideal. Maybe they were not eccentric, but these ‘out of the world’ ideas incompatible with our own limited world. Perhaps they were just not for earth?
As humans relocate to Mars, they will try to minimize the impact on the planet. Only buildings and facilities are allowed to make a footprint on the ground, leaving the roads and other intercity connections suspended from one building to another. This mega city is highly connected by Hyperloop as the main transportation from one point of the canyon to another with twice the speed of the earth due to the lower gravity.
Geothermal power from the planet’s core will be used as the main energy source. This enables the planet to process and maintain a water supply by liquefying the water frozen for thousand years beneath the surface. The pipes would be placed along a frozen stream so that the geothermal heat could dissolve the ice and bodies of water would emerge as rivers and lakes. Because the planet’s low atmospheric pressure would boil the water into vapor, any buried water that reached the surface would be protected under a giant glass dome, to trap the vapor from circling the poles and freezing in the atmosphere
This novel Martian city will be the new home for humanity and will mark a paradigm shift in how we live, allowing us a second chance to treat a planet as a home, and not only a resource.