Next Giant Leap is a proposal for a permanent self-sustaining city for approximately 2000 people. It is designed by combining traditional and visionary aspects from Earth, aspects such as vernacular and contemporary building methods. Utilizing the land available around you and enabling the adaption of the climate, with modern building methods and technology. Building on Mars is an utopian idea of becoming a multiplanetary species and expand our world beyond Earth. Elon Musk has been a frontier for this tendency and has made his arguments for avoiding a mass extinction event, and therefore ensuring continued survival of the human kind.
The concept for the proposal has its roots in vernacular architecture, where communities is created by the pro and cons of the site, such as climate conditions, available resources and the knowledge of the local craftsmen. At the same time working together towards a common goal of surviving. Utilizing Mars to its full potential and creating a cooperatively community is essential for surviving. On the other hand the humankind have past surviving and the fact of living is a key parameter of creating a thriving city in a contemporary content. A vision of creating a good life on Mars, both in terms of physical and psychological aspects, have been a driving force for the projects design.
To create a design with traditional and visionary thoughts in mind – framed by the architecture itself – a strategy for a self-sustainable city have been developed. Focusing on the basic elements extracted from Mars which over time gives the possibility for independency from Earth, as well as the ability to survive and thrive as a community. The community is enabled by an artificial biosphere wrapped within a volume created by an integrated 3D structure, which branches out from spiraling residence towers. These towers contains private sleeping quarters for the inhabitants and function as space creators in the image of the city. In between the towers you find the social, public and production activities as well as the actual community – in where a focus upon human scale and sensations have been a focal point. A symbiosis of nature, technology and humans interacting in a community towards a common goal of living in harmony.
The city manifests itself to Mars by its ability to blend into the image of its surroundings, by utilizing the ground and 3D printing with martian concrete on site, the building grows up from the ground through the city in a graduating density and height from the middle towards the periphery and thereby creating different experiences as one roam through the changing functions in the city.