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Watch Bjarke Ingels discuss Mars Science City, BIG's prototype Martian city in Dubai

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Watch Bjarke Ingels discuss Mars Science City, BIG's prototype Martian city in Dubai

Ingels believes designing for Mars will help us reach sustainability goals on Earth.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | May 11, 2020
Mars Science City prototype exterior by BIG

Courtesy BIG

Bjarke Ingels has joined the building-on-Mars party. BIG's prototype Martian city, dubbed Mars Science City, is designed to be an environment dedicated to the knowledge, education, and exhibition of the technologies necessary to inhabit mars.

But what's even the point of this discussion? Especially in times like those which we are currently experiencing, isn't the thought of building a city on Mars a bit quixotic? Perhaps, but as Ingels points out, of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, eight of them deal with the built environment. And when it comes to the built environment on Mars, sustainability is key.

The purpose of designing for Mars can be summed up in one word: innovation. The solutions architects, designers, scientists, researchers and the like come up with for living on Mars can and will help right here on Earth. Space travel has already given us dozens of innovations and inventions that we now use on an everyday basis; scratch-resistant lenses, shock absorbers for buildings, solar cells, and memory foam were all originally created to help solve a very specific problem associated with space travel.

As Ingels says in his talk, "The exact same principles and the exact same systems that will allow us to live on Mars are the very same that will allow us to be great custodians on earth." 


See Also: Designing for the final frontier: Space architecture


Watch the entire presentation from Bjarke Ingels below.



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