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This Martian settlement is a paradigm shift – a break from the futuristic architecture of our time. It is a tribute to nature, seeking to structurally emulate and integrate with the natural landscape of Mars. Powered by nuclear fission reactors, this initial settlement is made up of hexagonal modules: partially subsurface, partially sculpted to echo the undulations of the surrounding land. Embedded in the valley slope, the scooped out regalith, is treated for Perchlorates then re-used as bricks assembled by robots, with the upper surface layer 3D printed on top. The regalith is solid enough to maintain the inner atmosphere, thick enough to shield from radiation and dust whilst protecting from the extreme outer temperatures.

* Many thanks to Unreal Engine Mars Landscape v2.0, and NASA’s Kilopower system reference that I used in my renders.