In Mankind’s move to Mars a new civilization was born. Propelled by an innate desire to explore and expand and a growing angst towards the conditions of Earth the colonization of Mars signaled a rebirth.
ITERU is a new city situated south of Valles Marineris on Mars equator. Named after the ancient Egyptians word for the Nile, the city lies beneath an artificial river providing protection from the high level cosmic rays the planet endures. Much like the Ancient Egyptians the new water course is the lifeline of the Martian civilization. Water from the planets poles is collected and transported to the city where it is melted. Iteru signals a return to earths vernacular roots optimized with modern technology. The chord provides a line through which to route all the cities resources. The watercourse offers a central path for transportation whilst providing water to the various clusters. The space below distributes shared open space with natural daylight to the cities inhabitants. The chord additionally allows for the routing of electricity and sewage infrastructure to the clusters through the promenades basement.
Inflatable structures provide a sealed airtight environment which ensure the regulation of oxygen rich air as well as stable temperatures. The city makes use of existing topographical features of the planet. The river flows through canyons reducing excavation work required. The city is divided into clusters of circular neighbourhoods of housing units, agricultural facilities, entertainment venues, research and workplaces (etc). These are programmed within existing craters where it is possible to minimise excavation where needed. Modern construction techniques such as 3d printing to construct buildings using Martian sediment creating distinct red city blocks. The river connects the clusters to one another, providing a wide promenade with parks, markets, restaurants, plazas and community farms along a single meandering pathway. Space ports are positioned further from the city and connected to one another by pods propelled through vacuum tubes.
Over time Iteru will grow to become a network of rivers across the planet’s surface, creating a connective tissue which protects its inhabitants whilst supplying them with energy and resources.