Rethinking How We Share:
Inevitably, developments in the coming years will give humans the potential to move out into space we have never touched. But our historic journey into the cosmos will require more than building technology. Will humanity be the same once it arrives? This advancement is a chance for the evolution of thought- a time to consider which practices we carry forward. Can we use the harsh conditions as a lesson in reshaping and strengthening our humanity?
The LOOP system proposes an architecture of equality, providing accessible and adequate resources for each inhabitant on Mars.
Step 1. Reserves
To give confidence to pioneering Earthlings, a safety net of ecological reserves are planted on the surface of Mars. These ensure a pre-established cache of the elements we need to live, accessible immediately upon arrival.
Step 2. Greenline
Extending from the ecological reserves, high speed transportation runs on a magnetic track. Pathways alongside the track provide an enclosed space for pedestrian traffic. Inhabitants may wander freely here, reaching their destinations by foot or by train.
Step 3. LOOPS
LOOPs are inhabitable production centers of clean energy and resources. Surpluses are fed back into a network of shared supply lines, ensuring equal distribution of resources. LOOP’s design enables the formation of self-sustaining communities, and more LOOPs are constructed as the population of Mars increases.
The spine of each LOOP integrates a variety of resource production methods. The floating spine is a hybrid of turbine and flywheel technologies, drawing in air from the atmosphere in order to produce power, water, oxygen and hydrogen.
Materials and Construction:
Nearly all materials used in LOOP construction are recycled plastics, sourced from trash middens on Earth. Melted down and used as filament, some of these plastics are 3D printed into hollow spines. A separate process using molded transparent plastic is employed to form the encasement and the LOOP itself. The outer shell of the LOOP is produced in this way, and embedded with transparent PV panels to provide auxiliary power without compromising views.